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Volume 10, Issue 1 (January 2008) 10, 149–154; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2008.00364.x

Combination therapy for male erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence

Helen Zafirakis, Run Wang and O Lenaine Westney

1.Division of Urology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX 77030, USA
2.Department of Urology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA

Correspondence: Dr O Lenaine Westney, Division of Urology, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, MSB Suite 6.018, 6431 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030, USA. Fax: +1-713-500-7319. E-mail: Ouida.L.Westney@uth.tmc.edu


Urinary incontinence (UI) and erectile dysfunction (ED) are both very prevalent conditions. Insertion of an artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) and penile prosthesis (PP) is an effective and proven method of treatment for both conditions. With advancing age, as well as with increasing populations of patients radically treated for prostate cancer, the occurrence of both conditions found in the same patient is increasing. The purpose of this article was to analyze the available evidence for simultaneous surgical management of male ED and UI using prosthetic devices. The existing literature pertaining to dual implantation of AUS and PP was reviewed. The concomitant insertion of the PP with the male perineal sling was also considered. Concurrent ED and UI are increasingly seen in the post radical prostatectomy population, who are often younger and less willing to suffer with these conditions. Insertion of an AUS and PP, either simultaneously or as a two-stage procedure, appears to be a safe, efficacious and long-lasting method of treatment. The improvements in design of both the AUS and PP as well as the development of the single transverse scrotal incision have made simultaneous insertion of these prostheses possible. Dual implantation of the PP and male sling looks promising in a selected population. In conclusion, the insertion of the AUS and PP for the treatment of concurrent UI and ED is safe and effective. Simultaneous insertion of these prostheses in the same patient offers potential advantages in operative and recovery time and is associated with high patient satisfaction. Combination therapy should therefore be included in the arsenal of treatment of these conditions.

Keywords: urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, impotence, penile prosthesis, artificial urinary sphincter, male sling

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