Findings on Location and Severity of Pain After Inflatable Penile Prosthesis Surgery

Findings on Location and Severity of Pain After Inflatable Penile Prosthesis Surgery

Avery Braun, DO, presented new research on the location and severity of postoperative pain for patients who have undergone inflatable penile prosthesis implantation during the first Erectile Dysfunction Surgical Abstract Session of the SMSNA Annual Fall Scientific Meeting.

The aims of the study were to determine where in the penis and scrotum patients feel pain after surgery, how severe the pain is, how effective multimodal analgesia (MMA) is in lessening pain, and whether surgical approach can impact pain profiles for patients. Through an extensive self-report questionnaire that addressed each of these areas, the researchers found that while patients felt pain in the scrotum after surgery, this area accounted for approximately 40% of pain patients reported feeling. The remaining 60% was felt in the glans penis, the shaft, and the incision location. MMA was determined to be an effective means of pain management and demonstrated decreases in pain for the study participants. Surgical approach did not appear to have a significant impact on the pain profiles of the patients, though further research would help to shed light on this matter.