Artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) implantation is the gold standard treatment in total stress urinary incontinence (SIU). Our aim is to evaluate the effect of AUS implantation on erectile function and sexual satisfaction (SS). Fourteen patients aged 58-73 years (mean: 66.92 ± 4.51 years) who underwent AUS implantation by a perineal approach between May 2015 and April 2018 were included in our study. Patients with neurogenic disease or very low or no erectile function and those who underwent non-nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy were excluded. Erectile function and intercourse satisfaction were evaluated pre-operatively and post-operatively at 6-month follow-up using international index of erectile function (IIEF) questionnaires. After AUS implantation; eight patients were totally dry, four achieved social continence (less than one pad/day), and two still had SUI (two or more pads/day). Mean pre- and post-operative IIEF values of the patients were 16.14 ± 3.18 and 17.42 ± 4.43 respectively. Mean pre- and post-operative SS values were 8.57 ± 1.78 and 8.71 ± 2.19 respectively. There was no statistically significant difference between pre- and post-operative IIEF-5 and intercourse satisfaction scores (p > 0.05). Although we did not see a significant effect of AUS implantation in our study, in SIU patients, coital incontinence or unpleasant odour during intercourse can lead to sexual avoidance and reduced SS, and AUS implantation may improve SS.
Keywords: artificial urinary sphincter; erectile dysfunction; incontinence; sexual satisfaction.
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