Penile prosthesis infection: approaches to prevention and treatment

Urol Clin North Am. 2011 May;38(2):227-35. doi: 10.1016/j.ucl.2011.02.007.


Epidemiologic studies have estimated that more than 50% of men ages 40 to 70 have some form of erectile dysfunction. Penile prosthesis implantation remains a mainstay for treatment of erectile dysfunction unresponsive to other less-invasive methods. Improvements in penile prosthesis design have extended the long-term survival of implants. As the improved design of prostheses has led to their increased mechanical survival, other complications, such as infection, have emerged as the leading causes of implant failure. This article focuses on approaches to prevention and treatment of penile prosthesis infection.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Equipment Contamination
  • Erectile Dysfunction / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Care
  • Male
  • Penile Prosthesis* / microbiology
  • Preoperative Care
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / microbiology
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / prevention & control*
  • Risk Factors


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents