Long-term penile morphometric alterations in patients treated with robot-assisted versus open radical prostatectomy

Neglected side effects after radical prostatectomy have been previously reported. In this context, the prevalence of penile morphometric alterations has never been assessed in robot-assisted radical prostatectomy series. We aimed to assess prevalence of and predictors of penile morphometric alterations (i.e. penile shortening or penile morphometric deformation) at long-term follow-up in patients submitted to either robot-assisted (robot-assisted radical prostatectomy) or open radical prostatectomy. Sexually active patients after either robot-assisted radical prostatectomy or open radical prostatectomy prospectively completed a 28-item questionnaire, with sensitive issues regarding sexual function, namely orgasmic functioning, climacturia and changes in morphometric characteristics of the penis. Only patients with a post-operative follow-up ≥ 24 months were included. Patients submitted to either adjuvant or salvage therapies or those who refused to comprehensively complete the questionnaire were excluded from the analyses. A propensity-score matching analysis was implemented to control for baseline differences between groups. Logistic regression models tested potential predictors of penile morphometric alterations at long-term post-operative follow-up. Overall, 67 (50%) and 67 (50%) patients were included after open radical prostatectomy or robot-assisted radical prostatectomy, respectively. Self-rated post-operative penile shortening and penile morphometric deformation were reported by 75 (56%) and 29 (22.8%) patients, respectively. Rates of penile shortening and penile morphometric deformation were not different after open radical prostatectomy and robot-assisted radical prostatectomy [all p > 0.5]. At univariable analysis, self-reported penile morphometric alterations (either penile shortening or penile morphometric deformation) were significantly associated with baseline international index of erectile function-erectile function scores, body mass index, post-operative erectile function recovery, year of surgery and type of surgery (all p < 0.05). At multivariable analysis, robot-assisted radical prostatectomy was independently associated with a lower risk of post-operative penile morphometric alterations (OR: 0.38; 95% CI: 0.16-0.93). Self-perceived penile morphometric alterations were reported in one of two patients after radical prostatectomy at long-term follow-up, with open surgery associated with a potential higher risk of this self-perception.

Andrology. 2017 Dec 01 [Epub ahead of print]

P Capogrosso, E Ventimiglia, W Cazzaniga, A Stabile, F Pederzoli, L Boeri, G Gandaglia, F Dehò, A Briganti, F Montorsi, A Salonia

Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy., Division of Experimental Oncology/Unit of Urology, URI, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.