Optimal Modeling: an Updated Method for Safely and Effectively Eliminating Curvature During Penile Prosthesis Implantation.

To assess outcomes of a variant of traditional modeling ("optimal modeling," OM) in patients with residual curvature following prosthesis implantation.

We performed a retrospective review of all patients who underwent penile implant insertion.

Patients with >30° of residual curvature after cylinder placement and inflation underwent OM and were compared 1:1 to a demographically-matched cohort who received implantation without ancillary straightening. Optimal modeling was performed by forcibly bending the erect penis in the direction opposite the point of maximal curvature while maintaining glanular pressure to prevent urethral injury. This was performed for 90-second intervals for as many cycles as necessary to achieve <15° curvature.

Eighty patients were included in the final analysis; 40 (50.0%) underwent optimal modeling while 40 (50.0%) did not need additional straightening following surgery. The mean premodeling curvature was 47.8° (range 30°-90°) while post-modeling curvature improved to a mean of 10.6° (range 0°-30°, P < .001); 87.5% of patients had <15° of residual curvature. Patients in the OM cohort experienced longer operative times (82.7 vs 75.8 min, P = .15). No patient in either group experienced an intraoperative or postoperative complication at a mean follow-up of 29.9 months.

Although many prosthetic urologists forego manual modeling in cases of moderate-severe penile curvature, our contemporary series shows it to be both safe and effective. OM may preclude the need for more time-consuming and complex surgical procedures.

Urology. 2020 Sep 19 [Epub ahead of print]

Jacob W Lucas, Martin S Gross, Ryan M Barlotta, Architha Sudhakar, Christopher R V Hoover, Steven K Wilson, Jay Simhan

Department of Urology, Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, PA; Department of Urology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA., Section of Urology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH., Department of Urology, Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, PA., Department of Urology, Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Gallup, NM., Institute for Urologic Excellence, La Quinta CA., Department of Urology, Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, PA; Department of Urology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA. Electronic address: .

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