Iatrogenic Trapped Penis in Adults: New, Simple 2-Stage Repair

Alessandro Zucchi, Sava Perovic, Massimo Lazzeri, Luigi Mearini, Elisabetta Costantini, Salvatore Sansalone, Massimo Porena

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Purpose: We present a new, 2-stage functional and cosmetic reconstruction of concealed penis in adults with short-term subjective outcomes. Materials and Methods: Patients with excess penile skin removal, shaft tissue scarring and penile retraction with poor functional and cosmetic results underwent 2-stage repair. At stage 1 after a coronal incision and penile degloving an intrascrotal tunnel was formed and the penis was transposed through the scrotum. Three or 4 zero or 2-zero nonresorbable sutures were applied ventral to the penis, crossing through the entire scrotum to ensure complete scrotal skin adhesion to the penis (penile scrotalization). At stage 2 after 6 to 12 weeks the scrotal skin at the penile base was incised bilaterally to separate the skin around the penis from the remaining scrotal skin (penile descrotalization). Evaluation was scheduled 3, 6 and 9 months postoperatively, and annually thereafter. Results: Ten men with concealed penis underwent this 2-stage penile repair, including 8 who were circumcised and 2 who underwent conservative surgery for penile cancer. Mean ± SD operative time was 75 ± 15 minutes for stage 1 and 45 ± 10 minutes for stage 2. No major intraoperative or perioperative complications occurred except superficial scrotal hematoma in 1 patient. At a median followup of 20 months (range 6 to 72) all men were in satisfactory clinical condition and the median patient satisfaction visual analog score was 97 (range 85 to 100). All patients recovered normal spontaneous erection with regular sexual intercourse 4 to 8 weeks after operation 2. Conclusions: This simple, new 2-stage technique seems feasible and effective, and it is well accepted by patients. Further studies are mandatory to confirm preliminary results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1060-1064
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


  • adipose tissue
  • adult
  • cicatrix
  • penis
  • reconstructive surgical procedure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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