Plication surgery does not produce additional loss of length in Peyronie's disease patients.

Nesbit's procedure remains a cornerstone in surgical management of Peyronie's disease, despite the subjective loss of penile length. This retrospective study demonstrates that the perceived length loss has already occurred prior to surgery and that the Nesbit's procedure does not produce additional loss of length. Ninety-one patients who had undergone Nesbit's procedure between 2017 and 2022 at the Department of Urology of the University of Trieste were enrolled in the study. Preoperative stretched penile length and postoperative stretched penile length were measured. The curvature was uniplanar in 78 patients and biplanar in the remainder. Mean degree of the main curvature was 52.58° ± 14.13° and mean number of plications was 2.42 ± 1.07. Analysis revealed that the median of the differences between preoperative stretched penile length and postoperative stretched penile length was not significant (p = 0.466). According to our results, no significant penile shortening occurs as immediate consequence of Nesbit's procedure, as length is defined by the shorter side of the shaft affected by Peyronie's disease. Hence the length loss should have to be attributed to Peyronie's disease itself and could have been accurately predicted preoperatively allowing for a more accurate counseling of patients. Further studies are pending to assess potential postoperative loss of length due to scarring contracture.

International journal of impotence research. 2024 Feb 22 [Epub ahead of print]

Giulio Garaffa, Fabio Traunero, Francesco Claps, Nicola Pavan, Giulio Rossin, Andrea Piasentin, Michele Rizzo, Arianna Biasatti, Federico Zorzi, Carlo Trombetta, Giovanni Liguori, Luca Ongaro

Department of Urology, St. George's University Hospital, London, UK. ., Department of Urology, University or Trieste, Cattinara Hospital - ASUGI, Trieste, Italy., Department of Surgical, Oncological and Oral Sciences, University of Palermo, 90127, Palermo, Italy.