Patient attitudes towards surgical management of Peyronie's disease prior to men's health consultation.

To evaluate clinical characteristics associated with patient attitudes towards surgical treatment of Peyronie's disease (PD) prior to consultation in a high-volume male sexual health clinic.

From 2014-2018 a prospective database was created of patients presenting to the sexual health clinic at our institution. Multivariable regression analysis was conducted to determine factors associated with pre-visit consideration of surgery.

Of 1359 men presenting to clinic, 342 had a chief complaint of PD. Prior to consultation, 79% of patients (n=270) stated they were willing to consider surgery to correct their PD symptoms. Factors associated with consideration of surgery included younger patient age (mean 55.8 vs 60.0 years; p=0.008), history of depression/anxiety (21% vs 8%, p=0.01), greater penile curvature (43.3 vs 34.6 degrees; p=0.002), penile shortening (64% vs 44%; p=0.003), pain with erections (46% vs 33%; p=0.05) and decreased ability to have penetrative intercourse (51.9% vs 65.3%, p=0.04). On multivariable analysis, age, history of depression, penile shortening and mean curvature remained significantly associated. Symptom duration and relationship factors were not associated with a difference in the stated preference to consider surgery prior to consultation (p>0.05 for all).

Nearly four out of five patients reported willingness to consider surgical intervention for their PD-related symptoms prior to urologic consultation. On multivariable analysis, younger age, history of depression/anxiety, penile shortening and curvature were associated with a greater likelihood of considering surgery. This information provides important insight into patient attitude towards undergoing surgery and will help drive patient counseling for men with PD.

Urology. 2021 Mar 04 [Epub ahead of print]

R Bole, M Jimbo, N Parikh, C Britton, A Gopalakrishna, D Yang, L Trost, S Helo, T S Kohler, M J Ziegelmann

Department of Urology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA. Electronic address: ., Department of Urology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.

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