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Volume 22, Issue 1 (January 2020) 22, 2–7; 10.4103/aja.aja_124_19

Epidemiology regarding penile prosthetic surgery

Jose A Saavedra-Belaunde1, Jonathan Clavell-Hernandez2, Run Wang1

1 Department of Surgery/Division of Urology, University of Texas Medical Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX 77030, USA
2 St. Joseph's Medical Center, Houston, TX 77002, USA

Correspondence: Dr. JA Saavedra-Belaunde (tico2593@gmail.com)

29-Nov-2019

Abstract

With the onset of a metabolic syndrome epidemic and the increasing life expectancy, erectile dysfunction (ED) has become a more common condition. As incidence and prevalence increase, the medical field is focused on providing more appropriate therapies. It is common knowledge that ED is a chronic condition that is also associated with a myriad of other disorders. Conditions such as aging, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity, prostatic hypertrophy, and prostate cancer, among others, have a direct implication on the onset and progression of ED. Characterization and recognition of risk factors may help clinicians recognize and properly treat patients suffering from ED. One of the most reliable treatments for ED is penile prosthetic surgery. Since the introduction of the penile prosthesis (PP) in the early seventies, this surgical procedure has improved the lives of thousands of men, with reliable and satisfactory results. The aim of this review article is to characterize the epidemiology of men undergoing penile prosthetic surgery, with a discussion about the most common conditions involved in the development of ED, and that ultimately drive patients into electing to undergo PP placement.

Keywords: erectile dysfunction; penile prosthesis; prosthetic surgery

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