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Volume 13, Issue 6 (November 2011) 13, 903–904; 10.1038/aja.2011.87

Development and clinical application of a new testicular prosthesis

Ye Ning1,*, Zhikang Cai2,*, Huixing Chen1, Ping Ping1, Peng Li1, Zhong Wang2 and Zheng Li1

1 Department of Urology, Shanghai Institute of Andrology, Renji Hospital Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200001, China
2 Department of Urology, 9th Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200011, China

* The first two authors contributed equally to this work.

Correspondence: Dr Z Li, (doc.zheng.li@gmail.com)

Received 9 April 2011; Revised 9 May 2011; Accepted 16 May 2011; Published online 19 September 2011

Abstract

A new type of testicular prosthesis made of silastic with an elliptical shape to mimic a normal testis was developed by our team and submitted for patenting in China. The prosthesis was produced in different sizes to imitate the normal testis of the patient. To investigate the effects and safety of the testicular prosthesis, 20 patients receiving testicular prosthesis implantation were recruited for this study. Follow-up after 6 months revealed no complications in the patients. All the patients answered that they were satisfied with their body image and the position of the implants, 19 patients were satisfied with the size and 16 patients were satisfied with the weight. These results show that the testicular prosthesis used in this study can meet patient's expectations. Patients undergoing orchiectomy should be offered the option to receive a testicular prosthesis implantation. The dimensions and weight of the available prosthetic implants should be further addressed to improve patient satisfaction.

Keywords: orchiectomy; silastic prosthesis; testicular prosthesis

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