Meet Your Colleagues: Ahmed El-Sakka
Patients, Partners Satisfied with Inflatable Prostheses
In our latest ISSM Member Profile, we're pleased to introduce you to Ahmed El-Sakka of Ismailia, Egypt.
Dr. El-Sakka graduated from medical school at Suez Canal University in Ismailia and completed a residency training program in urology there.
From 1995 to 1998, he trained as a fellow in male sexual function and dysfunction at the University of California, San Francisco. He then earned a doctorate in urology from Suez Canal University.
Dr. El-Sakka joined the ISSM in 1997. "Without a doubt, the ISSM was and still is a very beneficial source for excellent science and clinical guidelines for me as it is for thousands of sexual medicine practitioners worldwide," he said.
When asked about the challenges of working in his part of the world, he explained, "The field of sexual medicine is in its infancy in our region. Patients with sexual dysfunction are usually embarrassed and distressed."
He added, "Most of the time, patients are very reluctant to seek medical advice. In addition, health care providers are challenged to ensure that patients receive ethical, evidence-based, cost-effective, and safe treatment. Although much improved, sexual medicine education of young physicians still a challenge in our region."
Currently, Dr. El-Sakka is a professor of urology at Suez Canal University and president elect of the Middle East Society for Sexual Medicine (MESSM).
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Three-piece inflatable prostheses have high rates of satisfaction among patients and their female partners, Greek and American researchers report.
Their study, published online last month in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, examined patients' and partners' satisfaction using validated assessment tools.
Sixty-nine men and their female partners participated in the study. All of the men had three-piece inflatable implants and their mean age was 56 years.
The men completed the International Index of Erectile Function-Five (IIEF-5) and the Erectile Dysfunction Inventory of Treatment Satisfaction (EDITS). Partners completed the partner version of the EDITS.
The researchers found that the mean IIEF-5 scores had more than doubled from their pre-surgery levels. On the EDITS, about 85% of the men had scores in the "satisfied' or "very satisfied" categories.
The mean EDITS scores for the women fell into the "satisfied' category.
For more information on this study, please click here.