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Br J Urol. 1994 Apr;73(4):423-7.

Reducing the loss of implants following penile prosthetic surgery.

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Institute of Urology and Nephrology, University College Hospital, London, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the factors associated with loss of implant following penile prosthetic surgery and to make alterations in the management of patients to prevent this from occurring.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

A retrospective analysis was carried out of the factors associated with post-operative infection and erosion in 188 patients who underwent implantation of penile prostheses. A prospective study was then established in which 62 patients were managed by a set protocol designed to counteract the factors identified as being contributory to loss of implants in the retrospective review.

RESULTS:

In the retrospective study nine (4.8%) patients lost a prosthesis due to erosion. Erosion was noted to be more common with one type of implant which has since been modified. Infection was the cause of prosthesis loss in 12.2% of patients in the retrospective review. The new protocol resulted in a significantly reduced infection rate in penile prostheses to 1.6% (P < 0.05).

CONCLUSION:

With attention to simple antiseptic prophylaxis, antibiotic penetration and continuing audit, a significant improvement in the loss of penile prostheses can be achieved along with a reduction in the amount of antibiotics prescribed.

PMID:
8199832
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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