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Abstract

Volume 10, Issue 1 (January 2008) 10, 158–166; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2008.00374.x

Surgical treatment of Peyronie's disease: choosing the best approach to improve patient satisfaction

Paulo H Egydio

Urology Institute, Rua Iguatemi, 192 Cj. 42, São Paulo 01451-010, Brazil

Correspondence: Dr Paulo H Egydio, Urology Institute, Rua Iguatemi, 192 cj. 42, São Paulo 01451-010, Brazil. Fax: +55-11-3077-3644. E-mail: phegydio@peyronie.com.br

Abstract

Aim: To discuss important points on medical history, preoperative evaluation, real expectations, and selection of the appropriate surgical procedure to improve patient satisfaction after surgical procedures for Peyronie's disease.

Methods: Recent advances in approaches to Peyronie's disease are discussed based on the literature and personal experiences. Issues concerning surgical indication, patient selection, surgical techniques, and grafting are discussed. Lengthening procedures on the convex side of the penile curvature by means of grafting offer the best possible gain from a reconstruction standpoint. Penile rectification and rigidity are required to achieve a completely functional penis. Most patients experience associated erectile dysfunction (ED), and penile straightening alone may not be enough to restore complete function. Twenty-five patients were submitted to total penile reconstruction on length and girth with concomitant penile prosthesis implant. The maximum length restoration was possible and limited by the length of the dissected neurovascular bundle. The mean age was 55.4 years (32-69 years) and the mean angle of curvature 74.2 ± 22.4° (0-100°). Pericardial grafting was used to cover the defect. The mean follow-up time was 11.2 ± 5.9 months (3-22 months).

Results: Mean functional penile length gain was 3.40 ± 0.73 cm (2-5 cm). Penile prosthesis maintained the penis straight. No infections occurred. Sexual intercourse was restored in all patients and all reported recovered self-esteem.

Conclusion: Improving patient satisfaction with the surgical treatment includes proper pre-operative evaluation on stable disease, penile shortening, vascular and erectile status, patient decision and selection as well as extensive discussion on surgical technique for restoring functional penis (length and rigidity). Length and girth restoration is very important for self-esteem and patient satisfaction.

Keywords: Peyronie's disease, erectile dysfunction, induratio penis plastica, penile induration, tunica albuginea, surgical technique, penis, graft, surgery, penile reconstruction

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