BACKGROUND: Peyronie's disease (PD) is a two-phase progressive condition characterized by inelastic plaques in the tunica albuginea of the penis, leading to curvature of the penis. Men with PD also suffer from psychological distress, and sexual life and overall quality of life. Although the preferred surgical treatment modality in Peyronie's disease is plaque incision and grafting, there is lack of studies assessing the erectile function and penile vasculature after the treatment.
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the efficiency and safety of plaque incision and tunica vaginalis of testis grafting in PD.
METHODS: This was a prospective analysis. Erectile dysfunction was assessed via International Index of Erectile Function Questionnaire (IIEF-5). Penile Doppler ultrasound was performed to assess peak systolic velocity (PSV) and end-diastolic velocity (EDV). Postoperative follow-ups were scheduled at 3, 12, and 24 months.
RESULTS: Twenty patients (mean age 47.2 ± 10.8 years) were included. The mean preoperative penile curvature was 48 ± 6.6°. The technical success rate was 100% at 3 months and 90% at 24 months. At follow-up visits, mean erect penile length was no different from the baseline. The baseline mean IIEF-5 score was 18.4 ± 2.5. The mean IIEF-5 score was 20.6 ± 2.6 at 24-month visit (p < 0.0001). Mean PSV significantly increased, while EDV significantly reduced after surgery. There were no serious complications related to surgery.
CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that surgical reconstruction of penile curvature with tunica vaginalis grafting was a safe and effective procedure in PD.