Male genital reconstruction for the penile cancer survivor

Curr Opin Urol. 2014 Jul;24(4):427-33. doi: 10.1097/MOU.0000000000000068.


Purpose of review: Malignant penile lesions are uncommon but represent a challenge for reconstructive surgeons because their treatment has a profound effect on appearance and quality of life of the patient.

Recent findings: Partial or total penectomy remains the gold standard in the treatment of penile carcinoma. However, less invasive options that may improve quality of life are being considered, based on stage and grade of the tumor.

Summary: A variety of surgical options exist for penile cancer treatment. In this article, we review various reconstructive approaches after initial surgical management of penile carcinoma. Regardless of reconstruction method, the goals remain the same: creating a functional and aesthetically acceptable phallus with the ability to void standing and to achieve sexual function.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Penile Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Penis / surgery*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures*