Penile Shrinkage Treatment After Prosthesis Surgery for Erectile Dysfunction
Technological advancements of our modern times have certainly brought us many innovative solutions for untreatable medical conditions. Erectile dysfunction is one of these conditions with gaining attention by the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. In fact, currently more than half of the male population between the ages of 40 and 70 years are affected by erectile dysfunction. The world of men suffering from this condition was first revolutionized in 1998 when Viagra was approved by the FDA for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Since then, other medications such as Cialis and co. have joined the club and are helping men to achieve stronger erections. Furthermore, and for more severe cases, injectable drugs and suppositories were introduced later which tend to be effective when oral medication do not help anymore. But what if all the available medication including tables, pills, and injections do not work anymore? In cases where the erectile problem is non-responsive to all available medication, penile prosthesis surgery remains the last choice and the gold standard solution, but penile shrinkage after the surgery has been a big side effect reported so far for this solution.
Penile Prosthesis Surgery Side Effects
Being the last resort of action for treatment of refractory erectile dysfunction, penile prostheses (malleable and inflatable) have been shown to be very effective and with high patient satisfaction rates (70-87%). One major concern and reason for patient dissatisfaction after penile prosthesis surgery remains the shrinkage of the penis. In fact, over 70% of men who have undergone penile prosthesis surgery report to feel as if the penis has shrunken in size. Objective measurements on the other hand show a measurable shrinkage in penis length and girth in all men (100%) with a penile prosthesis for erectile dysfunction; this loss of length has been reported to be more than 1 inch in the majority of cases.
When considering these losses, many men might be hesitant towards penile prosthesis surgery while concerned about shrinkage in penile size. So what are the options?