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Rev Int Androl. 2021 Jul 21:S1698-031X(21)00014-5. doi: 10.1016/j.androl.2020.10.002. Online ahead of print.
OBJECTIVES: To provide recommendations regarding surgery, follow-up, and management of possible complications related to penile prostheses implantation, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We designed a critical narrative review of the studies investigating the impact of COVID-19 on urology practice and on penile prosthetic implantology. A comprehensive search in the MEDLINE database was performed. Different combinations of the following keywords were used according to a free-text protocol:: “SARS-CoV-2”, “COVID19”, “COVID Urology”, “COVID19 surgery”, “penile prostheses”. Papers in English and Spanish language, published until September 2020 were included in the review.
RESULTS: Penile prosthesis implantation is an elective surgery which should always be deferred when it cannot be performed in maximum safety conditions. However, it may lead to complications wich must be resolved urgently even within the COVID-19 Era.
CONCLUSIONS: Currently, it is mandatory to develop shared strategies to avoid potential COVID-19-related complications for surgical patients. Penile prosthesis implantation should be deferred to avoid unnecessary risks and all preventive measures should be taken to minimize the risks in the event of non-delayable surgery.