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Penile Prosthesis Surgery Infection Rates Reduced With The No-Touch Technique By Dr. J. Francois Eid of Advanced Urological Care
Date:7/30/2009

penile prosthesis must be completely removed and replaced, unlike other infections, which merely require treatment and healing time. Penile shortening, fibrosis and loss of sensation also commonly occur after an infection. Subsequent attempts at re-implantation are extremely difficult with an increased risk of urethral and penile perforation that often requires additional surgery in the future. This is very traumatic for the patient. Additionally, the cost of treating an infected prosthesis can greatly exceed the cost of the original implant.

This complication can be prevented during the initial surgery with Dr. Eid's No-Touch Technique. Dr. Eid, also a Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at Cornell University, believes that "it is the decrease of total bacterial count and exposure to skin, rather than the complete elimination of bacteria from the procedure, that accounts for the success of penile prosthesis implantation." Salvage procedures, where an infected implant is removed and a new device immediately inserted, have been successful in the past even though the new implant is inserted in an infected tissue bed. But when performed without the No-Touch Technique, this results in additional direct contact of the device with skin, thus increasing exposure to skin bacteria.

So the preferred school of thought would be to get it done right the first time and this is where experience counts. Infection rates for the infrequent penile implanter are over twelve times as high as Dr. Eid's rate, which is less than one percent. Dr. Eid, a world-renowned surgeon and a foremost specialist in urological prosthetic reconstruction, has performed more internal penile prosthesis surgeries than anyone in the world, over 300 per year. In fact, Dr. Eid's practice is so refined
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