Increasing use of penile prostheses to treat impotence in diabetic men warrants a detailed assessment of functional and subjective outcomes within this group. This study uses record review and patient-partner questionnaire techniques to examine this population and evaluate postoperative satisfaction in terms of changes in patterns of sexual activity, health status, and complication rates. The satisfaction rates among patients and partners were 81% and 83%, respectively. Frequency of sexual activity was increased, and physical enjoyment was improved among satisfied recipients. Most postoperative complications were treatable and led to dissatisfaction only if they were irreparable. Most prostheses are therefore being used successfully. We recommend that impotent diabetic men be informed of the availability of prosthetic implants.
Beaser RS, Van der Hoek C, Jacobson AM, Flood TM, Desautels RE. Experience With Penile Prostheses in the Treatment of Impotence in Diabetic Men. JAMA. 1982;248(8):943–948. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330080025023