Current Urology Reports

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 400–404

Penile Prosthesis Infection: Progress in Prevention and Treatment


DOI: 10.1007/s11934-010-0140-6

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Mulcahy, J.J. Curr Urol Rep (2010) 11: 400. doi:10.1007/s11934-010-0140-6


Almost four decades ago, modern penile implants were introduced as a treatment of erectile dysfunction. Infection associated with placement of an implant is a feared complication, and fortunately, has become less common due to a number of measures, including antibiotic-coated devices and chlorhexidine–alcohol skin preparation. When an infection around an implant occurs, the device should be removed. An option, termed a salvage (or rescue) procedure, is cleansing the wound with a series of antiseptic solutions and replacing a new prosthesis during the same procedure, with success in the range of 85%. The alternative is to return at a later date to replace the implant. However, the latter approach is associated with a difficult insertion, a shorter erection, and a less satisfied patient. Most patients elected the salvage approach because they were highly motivated to continue sexual activity to have the implant placed initially.


Penile prosthesisProsthetic infectionSalvage procedureRescue procedureAntibiotic-coated implants

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MadisonUSA