Have read recently that about 1 million have been implanted since implants began as a way to help those who came back from the Vietnam War injured in that area. Now, I'm on my 3rd one since '92. Some men have undoubtedly had the same, or have died, since most men who have this procedure are middle aged or older. I was the unlucky one who had his 1st implant at 32 due to venous leakage.
Taking deaths in the last 40 years into account, as well as re-ops, you might think that 1,000,000 divided by 40 might yield the answer. However, implants are not done as much as they were before the late '90's with the use of Viagra, et al.
Would be surprised if 50,000 have been done since Viagra. Many docs know nothing about implants. Is why I have a Med alert necklace from my pharmacy on me when in public. At least when they're cutting into my abdomen to get at whatever, they'll be a little more careful- perhaps.
Look at Dr. Brian Mulcahy's site. He's the #1 expert on implants, and he flew in to the Indy VA to supervise the surgeons doing the seven of us that day in May last year. If anyone can hazard a guess regarding the number done, he can.
Am especially satisfied with this 3rd one. For the first time in my life, it is completely vertical when needed. However, after having three ops, I have virtually no feeling down there, which drives a date batty.- Charles Bevell