Corporoplasty by plication: out patient surgery for the correction of penile curvature

Arch Ital Urol Androl. 2010 Sep;82(3):164-6.


Objective: Corporoplasty using plication of the albuginea is a simple technique but considered by many Authors at high risk for recurrence in respect to other corrective techniques using excision of the albuginea tunica. The aim of this study was to assess long-term functional and cosmetic results of this approach done in an outpatient environment.

Material and methods: From January 1997 to December 2008 we submitted 217 patients presenting induratio penis plastica (183) or congenital curvature (34) to corporoplasty with albuginea plication. All patients were assessed preoperatively with history, physical examination and photographic documention of the erectile penis. These patients, all with vaginal penetration problems, were submitted to corporoplication with 2-4 sutures 2/0 (polyglycolic) contralateral to the curvature, using local anaesthesia on outpatient basis. Follow-up included functional and cosmetic results, eventual complications and level of patient satisfaction.

Results: Median follow-up of our study was 44 months (range 2-58). Complete correction of curvature was achieved in 206 patients (95%) whereas 87% reported good erectile function (IIEF-5 > 21). 145 patients (67%) reported penis shortening and 41% complained of palpating the sutures. Two patients required reoperation for recurring curvature. No perioperative complications or altered sensitivity of the glans were reported.

Conclusions: Simple plication of the corpora cavernosa can be done on an outpatient basis using local anaesthesia with optimal functional and cosmetic results. The success of this minimally invasive approach makes it a valid alternative to standard excision of the tunica albuginea procedure. Detailed preoperative information concerning procedure expectations and treatment course are extremely important in obtaining complete functional and cosmetic patient satisfaction.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Penile Induration / surgery*
  • Time Factors
  • Urologic Surgical Procedures, Male / methods
  • Young Adult