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2005 – 12.5% of penile prostheses result in painful complications

Posted in Penile Implants

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.

The use and implantation of penile implants are hard decisions that many men have to make.  We see these implants used when the pharmacologic route does not work or does not sufficiently solve the patient’s problems.  Author XW Zhu from the Department of Urology at The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, in Hangzhou, China, worked on a study called “Prevention and Treatment of the Complications of Inflatable Penile Prosthesis Implantation”, where the objective of the study was to report on the process of making the three piece inflatable penile prosthesis better and identify ways to prevent complications commonly associated with the implant.   The implantation of an inflatable penile prosthesis is a complex procedure that requires careful surgical technique.  Even when these procedures are done by a skilled and experienced surgeon, many serious complications can arise, such as infections, erosion of the implant, and painful reoperations.  Prior to an operation, thorough evaluation of patient history, physical examinations, psychological investigations, and appropriate laboratory testing needs to be done to ensure minimal risk of complications.

Certain medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, vascular diseases, and radical pelvic surgery may put the patient at a greater risk for complications which may lead to corrective surgery.  In all, 32 patients were with moderate to severe erectile dysfunction, received three piece IPPs.  Zhu XW. States “The surgical techniques were ameliorated in the course of operation. The patients were guided in using the IPP after operation. The effects and complications of the implantation were observed based on IIEF of the patients before and after operation.”

For most of the patients in this study, sexual life continued with little to no complications.  4 of the men in this experiment experienced certain complications that included pump failure, urethral perforation, and penis contractions.  A second operation was needed to achieve normal sexual intercourse.  Occurrence rate of complications in this study was 12.5 percent and sexual intercourse satisfaction was 87.5 percent.

Due to the high rate of complications seen with penile prostheses, a number of penile implant lawsuits have been filed.

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