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A 10-year audit of penile prosthesis insertion

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posted on 2022-10-27, 16:42 authored by Aisling T Looney, BE Seery, LC Yap, Ponnusamy MohanPonnusamy Mohan


Penile prosthesis (PP) insertion is the gold standard surgical treatment option for men with refractory Erectile Dysfunction (ED). PP insertion is considered effective but has a well-documented array of complications. Our aim was to assess outcomes following single-surgeon insertion of PP for ED within an Irish cohort. 


Following review of the Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) system, a retrospective chart review of all patients who underwent PP insertion over a 10-year period from 2008-2017 inclusive was performed, and an electronic database was analysed for results. 


One-hundred-and-eleven PPs were inserted in 96 patients. The most common aetiology for ED in our cohort was post-prostatectomy, affecting 25 (26%) patients. The most frequently implanted device was a 3-piece inflatable PP (3p-IPP) (AMS 700TM; American Medical Systems Inc., Minnesota, USA) and the peno-scrotal approach was utilised in the majority of patients (86, 77.5%). No intraoperative complications were recorded. Twelve (12.5%) patients developed peri-operative complications. Thirteen (13.5%) patients required device revision, the majority for device failure. Of the 71 patient satisfaction responses, 61 (85.9%) patients were satisfied with their PP. 


This single-surgeon retrospective audit of PP surgery demonstrates complication rates in-line with internationally published data. Patients should be adequately counselled regarding possible complications, including device failure and erosion. PP insertion should be considered for suitable patients with refractory ED.



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Published Citation

Looney AT, Seery BE, Yap LC, Mohan P. A 10-year audit of penile prosthesis insertion. Ir Med J. 2021;114(7):408

Publication Date

July/August 2021


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  • Surgery


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