Grafting techniques for Peyronie's disease

Peyronie's disease (PD) is a benign fibrotic condition of the penile tunica albuginea. PD can be associated with penile pain, curvature, shortening, and erectile dysfunction (ED). The predominant and most bothersome symptom in affected patients is penile curvature, which can lead to inability to have sexual intercourse. In such cases, surgical correction of the curvature may be required. Plication techniques to correct curvature can cause penile shortening and therefore are generally reserved for curvatures <60°. Penile prosthesis implantation with simultaneous correction of curvature by various means is recommended in PD patients with ED not responding to medical therapy. Grafting techniques are the preferred surgical treatment in patients with penile curvatures >60°, short penis, or hourglass deformity. Patients scheduled for grafting surgery are required to have satisfactory erectile rigidity preoperatively. There are various grafting materials that can be used for closure of the tunica albuginea defect following plaque incision/excision. Both autologous and non-autologous grafts have been used for PD reconstructive surgery, and each graft has its advantages and disadvantages. Novel grafting materials are presented and discussed in this review. A major advantage of the available "off-the-shelf" grafts is that there is no harvesting from a donor site and, thus, morbidity is reduced, and operative times are minimized. Further investigations in regard to tissue-engineered grafts to improve surgical handling and postoperative outcomes are ongoing. Surgeon experience, careful patient selection, patient preference and type of penile deformity affect the choice of graft. This review summarizes the literature within the past 5 years regarding grafting techniques in PD. Surgical outcomes and limitations of grafting techniques are reported. A major objective of this review is dedicated to preoperative considerations and indications for grafting procedures, with the aim to improve surgical outcomes and increase patient satisfaction. Proper postoperative management of patients after incision/excision and grafting is important to avoid early and long-term complications and unwanted outcomes. This review provides an overview of recent advances and recommendations in regard to rehabilitation strategies after grafting procedures. Adequate preoperative patient counseling, careful patient selection, appropriate indications, and postoperative management is key to optimal surgical outcomes with high satisfaction rates after grafting techniques in PD surgery.

Translational andrology and urology. 2016 Jun [Epub]

Georgios Hatzichristodoulou

Department of Urology, Technical University of Munich, University Hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich, Germany.