[The “right” patient for implant surgery in urology : Why patient selection, informed consent, and communication are so important for patient satisfaction].
Leiber C, Katzenwadel A, Schlager D
The Urologist, 1 June 2021, 60(6) pp 732-739
In implant surgery for erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence, adequate patient selection is essential for postoperative therapy success. Several scientific studies report patient satisfaction rates for penile implants and artificial urinary sphincter implantation of over 90%. Nevertheless, studies also report, that between 5 and 30% of the patients are not satisfied with the result of their operation. Sufficient patient information and consent prior surgical procedure in urological prosthetics are a key determinant for later patient satisfaction and therapy success. Diligent assessment of realistic expectations, possible complications, and risks must be made. Unrealistic and exaggerated expectations need to be met and discussed with the patient. Therefore adequate physician-patient communication is essential. Especially in the case of surgical revision or for patients with risk factors, the probability of complications is higher and may significantly increase later dissatisfaction. Also, the involvement of the partner plays a major role in later patient satisfaction in urological implant surgery. Finally, there is a group of patients for which the risk of later dissatisfaction is particularly high. These are patients with compulsive/obsessive behavior, unrealistic expectations, patients after revision surgery, self-entitled patients, as well as those patients who deny the extent of their illness, visit multiple surgeons (surgeon hopping) or have psychiatric illnesses. These patients are referred to with the acronym “CURSED” patients.
Editor’s note: This is a German language publication.