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Advances in Urology
Volume 2008, Article ID 573560, 5 pages
Review Article

Penile Prosthesis: What Should We Do about Complications?

1Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, Urology Andrology and Kidney Transplantation Unit, University of Bari, 70124 Bari, Italy
2St Peter's Department of Andrology, University College London Hospitals, London W1G 6BJ, UK
3Department of Urology, Vittorio Emanuele Hospital, University of Catania, 95124 Catania, Italy

Received 21 May 2008; Accepted 13 September 2008

Academic Editor: Miroslav L. Djordjevic

Copyright © 2008 C. Bettocchi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Even in the era of phoshodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, penile implants are considered the definitive solution for the treatment of organic erectile disfunction. The advent of new surgical tools and new infection-resistant materials has significantly reduced the risk of intra and post-operative complications and the need for revision surgery. Various companies have also improved their mechanical systems in order to reduce the risk of failures, and their products are now so good they may last lifelong. In this article, we evaluate the intraoperative and postoperative complications recorded in our experience and in literature reports, and make some suggestions as to how to prevent or correct them.