Current Urology Reports

, 15:413 | Cite as

Current Management of Penile Implant Infections, Device Reliability, and Optimizing Cosmetic Outcome

  • John J. Mulcahy
  • Andrew Kramer
  • William O. Brant
  • Justin L. Parker
  • Paul E. Perito
  • Jeremy B. Myers
  • Richard Bryson
  • Meagan Dunne
Men's Health (R Carrion and C Yang, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Men's Health
  2. Topical Collection on Men’s Health


Penile implants hold a major position in the treatment algorithm for patients with erectile dysfunction who find medications and vacuum erection devices ineffective or unsatisfactory. As with any surgical procedure, adverse events may occur. The infection rate associated with implant placement has been lowered to the range of 1 % or less due to multifactorial improvements including no-touch techniques, the use of antibiotic-coated devices, and improved quality measures in the operating room. Urologists have been proactive in employing techniques and procedures which minimize loss of erectile length, hence enhancing patient satisfaction. Flat reservoirs have been developed and techniques of placing these to avoid problems in the space of Retzius have reduced complication rates as well. Device reliability has improved to the point that penile implants are among the most durable mechanical surgical products that contribute to patient and partner satisfaction, which is by far the greatest among all the treatments of erectile dysfunction.


Penile implant infection Penile enlargement Penile implant reservoir placement Satisfaction with penile implants Penile implant reliability Penile implant complications 


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Conflict of Interest

Dr. Andrew Kramer, Dr. Justin L. Parker, Dr. Paul E. Perito, Dr. Richard Bryson, and Dr. Meagan Dunne each declare no potential conflicts of interest.

Dr. John J. Mulcahy received honoraria, payment for the development of educational presentations including service on speakers’ bureaus, and travel/accommodations expenses covered or reimbursed from AMS and Coloplast.

Dr. William O. Brant is consultant for and has had travel/accommodations expenses covered or reimbursed from AMS and Coloplast. Dr. Brant receives royalties from Smith’s Urology and UpToDate. Dr. Brant has received grants from AMS and The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation. Dr. Brant gave expert testimony on behalf of COPIC Medical Insurance.

Dr. Jeremy B. Myers is a board member for International Volunteers in Urology.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John J. Mulcahy
    • 1
  • Andrew Kramer
    • 2
  • William O. Brant
    • 3
  • Justin L. Parker
    • 4
  • Paul E. Perito
    • 5
  • Jeremy B. Myers
    • 3
  • Richard Bryson
    • 2
  • Meagan Dunne
    • 2
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of AlabamaMadisonUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  3. 3.School of MedicineUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  4. 4.School of MedicineUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  5. 5.Coral GablesUSA

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