SOURCE: Advanced Urological Care, P.C.

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October 19, 2009 17:47 ET

Prominent New York Urologist Dr. Eid Verifies That Penile Implants Are Safe for Diabetes Patients

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 19, 2009) - Men who have diabetes are three times more likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED) than men who don't, states Dr. J. Francois Eid, director and founder of Advanced Urological Care in New York City. As one of the most common causes of ED, diabetes is to blame in sufferers as much as 10 to 15 years earlier than in men without diabetes. The blood vessel abnormalities and accelerated hardening of the arteries caused by diabetes also affect penile vessels and their ability to function properly. The risk of ED increases with the length of time a person has diabetes and its severity.

Studies have shown that fewer than 50% of men with diabetes respond to oral medication for ED. For these men, the penile implant is the best option. The main risk of penile implant surgery is infection, which has historically been very low, 1%, and is the same for men with or without diabetes. This has always been a concern for physicians and all sufferers from ED.

However, Dr. Eid's innovative "No-Touch" surgical technique, which was developed over years of testing, combined with the use of antibiotic coated implant such as the American Medical Systems (AMS) Inhibizone ™ implant, has caused penile implant infection rates to plummet to zero. AMS, a leader in the manufacturing of inflatable penile prosthesis, developed this antibiotic coated implant, which targets bacteria naturally occurring on skin.

Dr. Eid's technique additionally reduces infection risk through prevention of exposure to bacteria and normal skin flora by eliminating direct and indirect contact between the prosthesis and the skin. "An infection occurs because bacteria from the patient's skin contaminates the device at the time of the procedure, an event which is unrelated to the reason patients developed erectile dysfunction," asserts Eid.

"Penile implants are the best option for men with diabetes, particularly because patients with diabetes and ED tend to be younger and are less likely to respond to oral medications," says Dr. Eid. "It is unreasonable to subject a 55-year-old patient with diabetes and ED to a life sentence of using penile injections each time that individual wishes to indulge in the delicate act of love making," further states Eid.

Leading urology experts believe that penile implants are perfectly safe for people with diabetes and Dr. Eid agrees. As a matter of fact, the majority of Advanced Urological Care patients undergoing the inflatable penile prosthesis suffer from diabetes

A world-renowned surgeon and a foremost specialist in urological prosthetic reconstruction, Dr. Eid has performed more internal penile prosthesis surgeries than anyone in the world, currently over 300 per year, and 3,000 over the last 20 years. His practice, Advanced Urological Care, has unmatched outcomes and is the only one in the world entirely dedicated to erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence treatment with implants.

With the risk of infection at zero, Dr. Eid's "No Touch" technique and the Inhibizone ™ implant should allay the fears of diabetic patients suffering from ED. "There is absolutely no reason a diabetic patient should fear infection and deny themselves a healthy sex life with this technique," states Eid.

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