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What is a possible downside to getting a penile implant?

1 of 29 Urologists Interview Questions and Answers Written by Darby Faubion

Updated on November 19th, 2018 |
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There are downsides or risks to any medical procedure and it is up to healthcare providers to educate patients on healthcare options and associated risks. The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of educating a patient on this procedure.

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"While there are benefits, there are also some downsides to getting a penile implant. For any surgical procedure, there is the risk of infection. Every implant, at some point, is going to malfunction, which means it will have to be removed and then replaced. This leads to another surgical procedure and more surgical risks. The devices are filled with saline. It's the same saline as one would use for intravenous medication, so it's very safe when the patient experiences mechanical failure. If the device does leak, it will not be harmful to them."

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"With rigid implants, over time the layer of scar tissue will form around the cylinders. This causes the pseudo-capsule to become looser, which will cause the erection to loosen up and will wobble."

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"One common complaint is auto-inflation. This sometimes happens when the patient deflates the implant and then the implant will inflate by itself. This results in an increase in fluid in the reservoir. Over time, the increased pressure around the reservoir will push the fluid back into the cylinders and the patient will complain that an erection has occurred."

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Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice. She has assisted in developing curriculum for nursing programs and has instructed nursing students at both the community college and university levels. Darby's passion is nursing education. She has used that passion as her driving force to become a test-taking strategist and prep coach. She has coached nursing graduates across the United States as they have prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to her role as a healthcare educator, Darby also authors a blog that is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence learn how to recover and live a life free from abuse. She is also a contributing author to online sources of continuing education for nurses and healthcare associates.
First written on: 05/22/2013
Last modified on: 11/19/2018

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What is a possible downside to getting a penile implant?
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