The Status of Biofilms in Penile Implants

Microorganisms. 2017 Apr 18;5(2):19. doi: 10.3390/microorganisms5020019.


Erectile dysfunction is prevalent among men and will continue to become more so with the aging population. Of the available treatment options, implantable prosthetic devices are typically thought of as a third line treatment even though they have the highest satisfaction rate and continually improving success rates. Infection and mechanical failure are the most common reasons for implant revision in the past. Since the development of more reliable devices, bacterial biofilms are coming to the forefront of discussion as causes of required revision. Biofilms are problematic as they are ubiquitous and exceedingly difficult to prevent or treat.

Keywords: biofilm; infection; penile prosthesis; prosthetic surgery.

Publication types

  • Review