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2004: Research shows, penile implants result in complications in 6.6% of cases

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We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device manufacturers.  For more information, please read the following New York Times article entitled “Medical Device Ruling Redraws Lines on Lawsuits.

Erectile dysfunction
(ED) is a condition of the penis characterized by the inability of the penis to become erect for intercourse.  Several treatments have been created for this condition including both medication and surgical intervention.  In cases where natural remedies and medication are ineffective, surgical intervention involving implantation of a prosthetic may be required.  The preferred penile implant includes a pump, allowing a more natural look and granting the patient complete control over his erections.  However, follow-ups have revealed that these procedures may require painful corrective surgery.

One study was conducted in China in 2004 to “study the effect and safety of the Chinese-made inflatable penile prosthesis in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED).” The study was conducted by Z Li et al. through the Department of Urology, Renji Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Second Medical University.  The study is titled “Development and Clinical Application of the Chinese-made Inflatable Penile Prosthesis” (translated from Chinese), and was published in Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue, the Chinese National Journal of Andrology.

The inflatable penile prosthesis consists of a pump, a reservoir, and a pair of penile cylinders connected by tubes.  The current study included 45 cases of organic ED, selected for penile prosthesis implantation.  The data show that there were no surgical problems or mechanical failures in the subjects, but postoperative complications occurred in 6.6% of the study participants.

The authors concluded that “The Chinese-developed inflatable penile prosthesis was safe and effective for patients with ED, with low rate of mechanical failures” but that “Its long term effect has yet to be further studied.”

Since many men enter penile prosthesis surgery unaware of the high rate for complications and reoperation associated with penile implants, a number of penile implant lawsuits are currently being filed.

Our Penile Prosthesis Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about penile prostheses.