We give an overview of patients who have undergone removal of the deep dorsal vein for venous grafting in treating Peyronie disease with or without a Bovie effect. From June 1998 to May 2002, 23 men received grafting of the deep dorsal vein for morphologic correction. Among them, 7 men underwent electrocoagulation treatment of bleeders per surgeons' customary practice during the entire procedure and were categorized as the electrocoagulation group. Sixteen patients received simple ligation of bleeding stumps, with 6-0 nylon sutures, and were classified as the ligation group. All were followed for satisfaction of penile morphology and assessed by the abridged 5-item version of the international index of erectile function (IIEF-5) scoring for erectile capability. In the electrocoagulation group, a mean preoperative IIEF-5 score of 22.5 +/- 1.6 decreased to a mean postoperative IIEF-5 score of 17.9 +/- 4.1. Among them 2 men (28.6%) had sustained postoperative infection. Follow-up cavernosograms showing relatively poor filling are commensurate with intracavernosal fibrosis. In the ligation group, however, the mean IIEF-5 score was 22.3 +/- 1.9 preoperative and 22.9 +/- 2.0 postoperative. Although there was no statistical significance between the 2 groups in preoperative IIEF scores, there was a significant difference between groups postoperatively. Application of electrocoagulation appears to be disadvantageous in preserving erectile tissues. A Bovie effect should be avoided in this erectile organ in order to preserve erectile capability and avoid infection.