Penile prostheses have been invented to treat several penile ailments, and often, these ailments are typically a result of a physical malady of the penile structure. Prosthetics are generally only implanted when natural remedies and medications have failed to correct the condition. Like many other surgical procedures, penile prosthetic implantation has been associated with various complications. In recent years, the medical community has worked to study the risk factors associated with the occurrence of such complications.
One study on the complications of penile prosthetic implantation was conducted in France by I Souillac et al. The title of the study, translated from French, is “Inflatable penile prostheses: results, complications and prognostic factors.” The study was published in the French journal Progrès en Urologie in 2009. The study was conducted “To identify the main prognostic factors influencing the immediate and long-term results of inflatable penile prosthesis implantation.”
The study included 96 patients, with an average age of 54.4 years, and 118 total inflatable penile prosthetic implants. The same operator carried out all procedures. Among the patients in the study, 1/3 had undergone previous penile surgery.
Follow ups were conducted on all of the patients. One patient, who also suffered from sickle-cell disease, died from a “massive pulmonary embolism”. Several other patients suffered from complications including “Seven patients (7.3%) had a postoperative scrotal [hematoma]. Eleven patients (11.5%) had a postoperative infection. Fourteen patients (14.6%) had a material migration. Sixteen patients (16.7%) had a surgical revision for mechanical dysfunctions after a mean period of 21 months.” Additionally, complications were much more frequent among patients who had previously undergone penile surgery or suffered from Peyronie’s disease. After all of the procedures, 85% of the total patients had functional prosthesis, first time implantation recipients experienced a 91% success rate.
Ultimately the authors concluded, “The long-term functional results of inflatable penile prosthesis are suitable but the postoperative complications are frequent in case of prior penile surgery, associated surgical procedure, Peyronie’s disease, or post priapism implantation.”
Due to the fact that many of the men who used penile implants did so unaware of the risks associated with penile prosthesis surgery, penile implant lawsuits are currently being filed in great numbers. If you or a loved one used a penile implant that required additional surgery or resulted in another penile implant complication, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation from the manufacturer of the device you used.
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