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Keywords:

  • Penile Prosthesis;
  • Erectile Dysfunction;
  • Couple Satisfaction;
  • Penile Implant

ABSTRACT

Introduction.  The implantation of penile prostheses is an effective option for treating erectile dysfunction (ED), and nowadays it is used to treat those cases where pharmacological agents have not provided a useful result.

Aims.  The primary aim of the present study was to verify the patient and their partner's satisfaction, in 80 patients who underwent AMS CX 700 prostheses implant in a single center, by the same surgeon, in the period between 2004 and 2008.

Methods.  In the period between March 2004 and May 2008, 80 penile prostheses implantations have been performed. Any information regarding patients has been retrospectively collected consulting their case histories stored in our archive. Each patient was followed postoperatively, and surgical complications were recorded.

Main Outcome Measure.  All the patients entered in this study were contacted by phone by a single operator who asked for their consent to collect information regarding their operation, the use of the prostheses, and the couple satisfaction. Once the consent was obtained, a nine-point questionnaire was administered.

Results.  Seventy-six patients (97%) affirmed to use penile prostheses frequently. Fifty-four patients (69%) and 70 partners (90%) affirmed that they never had problems with the use of the prosthesis and they considered themselves satisfied. Sixty-two patients (79%) answered that this therapeutic method has led to evident improvements in their sexual life. Sixty-two patients (79%) gave a score equal or major than seven and sixty-four partners (82%) gave a score equal or major than seven. All but two patients (97%) reported they would suggest this treatment to other people.

Conclusions.  Penile prosthetic surgery constitutes a valid therapeutic alternative, capable of modifying the prognosis and the course of ED. This consideration is emphasized by the high rate of patients and partner's satisfaction emerged in our series and in literature. Bettocchi C, Palumbo F, Spilotros M, Lucarelli G, Palazzo S, Battaglia M, Selvaggi FP, and Ditonno P. Patient and partner satisfaction after AMS inflatable penile prosthesis implant. J Sex Med 2010;7:304–309.