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Satisfaction rates of inflatable penile prosthesis in men who have sex with men are high


Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) have high patient satisfaction after placement of inflatable penile prostheses (IPP). The impact on satisfaction and quality of life has never been studied in men who have sex with men (MSM). This study sought to assess the satisfaction rates and quality of life of MSM after placement of IPP for ED. This study was a multi-institutional, retrospective study that enrolled adult men who self-identified as MSM and underwent IPP placement. Two questionnaires were administered at one time point post-operatively, the Erectile Dysfunction Inventory of Treatment Satisfaction (EDITS), and the Quality of Life and Sexuality with Penile Prosthesis (QoLSPP) questionnaire. Results of these questionnaires were analyzed with descriptive statistics. Forty-nine MSM were assessed retrospectively with median age of 62 years with average follow-up of 15.2 months. Median EDITS score was 93.2/100 (range, 70.5–100). Median overall QoLSPP score was 72/80 (58–79), with median scores of 22/25 (16–25), 19/20 (13–20), 18/20 (12–20), and 14/15 (9–15), for the functional, personal, relational, and social domains respectively. Overall, MSM report high satisfaction rates and quality of life after IPP placement. A better understanding of the needs and demands of this patient population may lead to improved patient satisfaction and quality of life.

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Fig. 1: EDITS and QoLSPP score by domain as a percentage of the highest possible score.

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JL, CAL, DWB, JM, GH, SHP, and AS-S have no disclosures to report. EC has an honorarium with Coloplast. MSG is a consultant for Coloplast. PEP is a consultant for Coloplast, AMS, and Urofill. KVR is on the advisory board for Boston Scientific and a consultant for Coloplast. FAY is on the advisory board and is a consultant for Coloplast, a speaker for Antares Pharma, a speaker for Clarus Therapeutics, on the advisory board for Promescent, and a research investigator for Viome.

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La, J., Loeb, C.A., Barham, D.W. et al. Satisfaction rates of inflatable penile prosthesis in men who have sex with men are high. Int J Impot Res (2022).

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