Epidemiology regarding penile prosthetic surgery

Asian J Androl. 2020 Jan-Feb;22(1):2-7. doi: 10.4103/aja.aja_124_19.


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.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Complications / surgery
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology*
  • Erectile Dysfunction / etiology
  • Erectile Dysfunction / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Hypertension
  • Impotence, Vasculogenic / etiology
  • Impotence, Vasculogenic / surgery
  • Male
  • Pelvic Bones / injuries
  • Penile Implantation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Penile Induration / epidemiology
  • Penile Induration / surgery
  • Penile Prosthesis
  • Penis / injuries
  • Prostatectomy / adverse effects*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / surgery
  • Radiation Injuries / etiology
  • Radiation Injuries / surgery
  • Radiotherapy / adverse effects
  • Reoperation
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / complications
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / epidemiology
  • Vascular Diseases / complications
  • Vascular Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / complications
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology