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2009 – Nearly 25% of Penile Implants Result in Complications

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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.

Penile implants have been invented to correct a variety of ailments of the penis.  These ailments are typically characterized by physical malformations of the penile structure or erectile dysfunction. Surgical penile reconstruction using implants has been associated with a relatively high number of follow up revision surgeries.

One study, conducted in 2009 by Z Wang et al. and published in Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue, The Chinese National Journal of Andrology, analyzed the outcomes of several penile reconstruction surgeries.  The title of the study, translated from Chinese, is “Repair and Functional Reconstruction of the Penis (a Report of 62 Cases).”  The stated objective of the study was “To investigate the effects of surgery treatment on serious penile lesions and malformation.”

The 62 patients included in the study ranged from ages 19-63 years old.  The study included a number of penile ailments and procedures including penis partial defection, penis lengthening, urethroplasty, penis reconstruction in patients with penis completely missing, and severe penile curvature.  There were 15 cases of penile fracture, one of which was treated with conservative treatment and with patch penis, corpus spongiosum, the other 14 cases of penile fracture were treated with deep penile dorsal vein ligation.

There were also five cases of post-operative complications of the penile prosthesis; the complications included perforation of the prosthesis to the urethra, failure of the water pump, broken connection tube, poor erection angle, and corpus cavernosum expansion failure.  These complications required surgery involving removal of the prostheses, making repairs, and replacing prostheses.

Among the 4 cases of penis partial defection, 2 patients were satisfied with the penile appearance and sexual function; 1 reported some satisfaction, and 1 was unsatisfied.  Among the 4 treated for a missing penis, one was unsatisfied with the outcome.  Five out of the 15 penile fracture cases experienced post-operative complications including mild bending, algopareunia, subcutaneous induration, poor hardness, and poor sexual pleasure.

Due to the fact that many men enter penile implant surgery unaware of the high rate of complications and revision surgeries, a number of penile implant lawsuits are currently being filed.  If you or a loved one used a penile implant and suffered complications or required additional surgery, contact our team of penile implant lawyers at the information provided below.  We have the experience, resources, and skills required to win the justice you deserve, even from the largest of medical device manufacturers.

(855) 452 – 5529

justinian@dangerousdrugs.us

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