Favorable patient reported outcomes after penile plication for wide array of peyronie disease abnormalities

J Urol. 2013 Mar;189(3):1019-24. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2012.09.085. Epub 2012 Sep 24.


Purpose: We present patient reported outcomes from our 5-year experience using penile plication to correct a wide variety of Peyronie disease malformations.

Materials and methods: We reviewed the records of all men who underwent penile plication for Peyronie disease, as performed by one of us (AFM). All patients were treated with tunical plication without penile degloving via a 2 cm longitudinal penile incision regardless of curvature severity or erectile function. A concomitant inflatable penile prosthesis was placed in men with refractory erectile dysfunction. A questionnaire was administered to assess the patient perception of postoperative penile curvature, length, rigidity and adequacy for intercourse.

Results: Of 154 treated patients 78 (51%) and 65 (42%) had simple (less than 60 degrees) and complex (biplanar curvature, or curvature 60 degrees or greater) malformation, respectively, while 11 (7%) underwent plication plus inflatable penile prosthesis placement. A total of 132 patients responded to the questionnaire a mean 14 months after surgery. Overall, 96% of patients reported curvature improvement after penile plication, 93% reported erection adequate for sexual intercourse and 95% considered that the overall condition improved after surgery. Despite a significant difference in the number of plication sutures (mean 10 vs 7) and curvature angle correction (mean 57 vs 30 degrees, each p <0.005), self-reported outcomes of complex cases were equivalent to those of simple cases. While 84% of patients had no measureable decrease in stretched penile length, 103 of 154 (78%) reported a perceived penile length reduction after surgery.

Conclusions: Penile plication without degloving is effective for correcting a wide variety of Peyronie disease malformations. It can be safely combined with inflatable penile prosthesis placement.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Erectile Dysfunction / complications
  • Erectile Dysfunction / etiology*
  • Erectile Dysfunction / surgery
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Penile Erection / physiology*
  • Penile Induration / complications
  • Penile Induration / physiopathology
  • Penile Induration / surgery*
  • Penis / abnormalities*
  • Penis / physiopathology
  • Penis / surgery
  • Postoperative Period
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Suture Techniques
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urologic Surgical Procedures, Male / methods*