Current Urology Reports

, 20:17 | Cite as

Innovating Incrementally: Development of the Modern Inflatable Penile Prosthesis

  • Mark Ehlers
  • Benjamin McCormick
  • R. Matthew Coward
  • Bradley D. FiglerEmail author
Surgery (J Simhan, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Surgery


Purpose of Review

The inflatable penile prosthesis (IPP) was introduced in 1973. Since that time, the fundamental design of the IPP has not changed, but numerous improvements to the device, surgery, and peri-operative management have resulted in a modern IPP with excellent reliability, infection control, safety profile, and user experience.

Recent Findings

We describe important modifications to the IPP and review available data assessing the impact of these changes. We also discuss possible changes to the IPP that would result in continued improvement.


Since its introduction in 1973, changes to the penile prosthesis have resulted in significant improvements in reliability, infection control, safety, and user experience. Design changes are anticipated to continue, resulting in a better and more versatile penile prosthesis.


Penile implant Penis prosthesis Prosthesis Penile Prostheses and implants 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Mark Ehlers, Benjamin McCormick, R. Matthew Coward, and Bradley D. Figler each declare no potential conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Ehlers
    • 1
  • Benjamin McCormick
    • 1
  • R. Matthew Coward
    • 1
  • Bradley D. Figler
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.University of North Carolina-Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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