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of or pertaining to the penis.
penile prosthesis a device that is surgically implanted to overcome the problem of impotence. Several different designs are currently available; some are semirigid, others can be inflated when an erection is desired and deflated after intercourse. A penile prosthesis does not interfere with the physiologic mechanisms of sexual intercourse, orgasm, or ejaculation.


 [pros-the´sis] (pl. prosthe´ses) (Gr.)
an artificial substitute for a missing part, such as an eye, limb, or tooth, used for functional or cosmetic reasons, or both.
Artificial Limb. Advances in the field of surgical amputation and the art of designing artificial limbs have made it possible for persons who have lost a limb to be equipped with a prosthesis that functions so efficiently, and so closely resembles the original in appearance, that they can resume normal activities with the disability passing almost unnoticed.
Materials Used in the Prosthesis. A variety of materials can be used for the manufacture of artificial limbs. Wood, especially willow, is the most popular because it is comparatively light and resilient, and is easily shaped. Aluminum or an aluminum alloy is used when lightness is particularly desirable, such as in a limb for an aged person. Plastic limbs are also available. Leather and various metals are used for reinforcement and control.
Powering the Limb. Most artificial limbs are powered by the muscles, either those remaining in the residual limb or other available muscles. The muscles of the residual limb often can be considerably strengthened by physical therapy. Muscle power can be reinforced by means of springs, straps, gears, locks, levers, or, in some cases, hydraulic mechanisms.
The Artificial Lower Limb. The most commonly fitted artificial limb is the knee-jointed leg, used by persons whose lower limbs have been amputated above the knee. This prosthesis is powered by the hip and remaining thigh muscles, which kick the leg forward. The key points in such a limb are the socket, where it fits onto the residual limb, the knee, and the ankle. The possibility of walking with a normal gait depends primarily on the successful alignment of the socket joint; the knee usually consists of a joint centered slightly behind that of the natural leg, as this has been found to afford greater stability; sometimes the ankle joint is omitted and flexibility of the ankle achieved by the use of a rubber foot.
The Artificial Upper Limb. The choice of a particular artificial upper limb depends largely on the person's occupation. There are many different types, ranging from the purely functional, which will enable a person to perform heavy work, to the purely cosmetic, which aims only at looking as natural as possible. Those persons whose work requires them to do heavy lifting are often fitted with a “pegarm,” a short limb without an elbow joint, which is easily controlled and has great leverage.
The Artificial Hand. There are many different types of artificial hands. Many artificial upper limbs are so constructed that they can be fitted with a selection of different hands, depending on the type of work to be done. Researchers generally agree that the various types of hooks offer the greatest functional efficiency. These reproduce the most powerful function of natural hands—the pressure between thumb and forefinger. There are also artificial hands that combine a certain amount of utility with cosmetic value, often by means of a cosmetic glove covering a mechanical hand; others are designed simply for appearance, though they may offer some support as well.

Most hooks and hands are mechanically connected to the opposite shoulder and operated by a shrugging motion. However, a procedure known as kineplasty uses the person's own arm and chest muscles to work the device. In this method, selected muscles are tunneled under by surgery and lined by skin. Pegs adapted to the tunnels can then be made to move an artificial hand mechanism. Kineplasty is used when skill rather than strength is desired.
Protecting the Residual Limb (Stump). In a person with an artificial limb, there is always a danger of irritation or infection. A sock is worn to cover the residual limb, and this should be washed daily; the residual limb itself should also be washed regularly and carefully, particularly between skin folds. When the artificial limb is not being used, the residual limb should be exposed to the air if possible.
Types of lower limb prostheses. A, Below-knee endoskeletal prosthesis. The strength is derived from the inner endoskeleton. B, Below-knee exoskeletal prosthesis. The strength is derived from the outer exoskeleton. C, Above-knee endoskeletal prosthesis. D, Above-knee exoskeletal prosthesis. Exoskeletal (E) and endoskeletal (F) hip disarticulation prostheses. From Myers, 1995.
Angelchik prosthesis a C-shaped silicone device used in the management of reflux esophagitis; it can also be placed around the distal esophagus during a laparotomy. (
Placement of the Angelchik antireflux prosthesis. From Ignatavicius and Workman, 2002.
Austin Moore prosthesis a metallic implant used in hip arthroplasty.
Charnley prosthesis an implant for hip arthroplasty consisting of an acetabular cup and a relatively small femoral head component that form a low-friction joint.
penile prosthesis see penile prosthesis.

penile prosthesis

device placed inside penis to correct erectile failure.

penile prosthesis

Etymology: L, penis + Gk, prosthesis, addition
a device that can be surgically implanted in the penis to treat erectile dysfunction. Some such devices have mechanisms that control production of an erection. Penile prostheses can be semirigid (maintaining a continuous state of erection) or inflatable plastic cavernosal cylinders attached to a pump that forces fluid from a reservoir into the cylinders, producing an erection.
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Inflatable penile prosthesis
An FDA Class 3 medical device composed of silicone polymers designed to allow a penile erection

penile prosthesis

An FDA Class 3 medical device composed of silicone polymers designed to allow penile erection. See Erection.
Penile prosthesis types
Semirigid A sausage surrogate Pros << prone to infection and complications, eg mechanical failure Cons Equipment is always on standby, and may be difficult to conceal
Inflatable PI has a fluid reservoir that is surgically placed under the abdominal musculature, a pump in the scrotum, and inflatable cylinders in the penis; when 'yellow alert' goes to 'red alert', the Pt pumps up, transferring the fluid–usually saline into the cylinders; following appropriate use, the cylinders are emptied by means of a deflate button; of 500 reoperations for inflatable PIs, 64% required therapy for mechanical failure, 19% for surgical complications, and 10% for infections JAMA 1992; 267:2578mn&p
Intermediate A flexible cylinder; no moving parts; rises to the occasion by repeated compression of tip; 'at ease' achieved by bending device in half The Man's Health Book, M Oppenheim, Prentice-Hall, 1994
PIs have been available since 1973; ± 30 000 ♂ receive penile implants/year; the FDA receives ± 5000 complaints/year about PIs; most recipients are in their 50s and 60s, often the result of DM

pe·nile pros·the·sis

(pē'nīl pros-thē'sis)
Device placed inside the penis to correct erectile failure.
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We presented a patient with a scrotal abscess leading to penile prosthesis infection as late as 15 years after successful implantation.
The impotent patient: Surgical treatment with penile prosthesis and psychiatric evaluation.
Penile prosthesis fracture is a rarely described complication due to its infrequent occurrence.
Placement of an inflatable penile prosthesis is indicated for the patient with PD who has pharmacologic therapy-refractory erectile dysfunction.
Surgical intervention is an option for men who have either failed pharmacotherapy or decline to be put on a medication regimen and are candidates for implantation of a penile prosthesis (Alberson et al.
In 2005, he underwent artificial urinary sphincter (AMS 800, America Medical Systems) and penile prosthesis implantation for stress incontinence and erectile dysfunction, respectively.