Penile Septoplasty for Congenital Ventral Penile Curvature: Results in 51 Patients

Giovanni Colpi, Guido Piediferro, Fabrizio Castiglioni, Gianfranco Contalbi, Luca Carmignani

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Purpose: The technique most widely used to correct congenital ventral penile curvature is still corporoplasty as originally described by Nesbit. We present results in patients treated with a variation of Nesbit corporoplasty used specifically for congenital ventral penile curvature. Materials and Methods: From June 2000 to June 2007 we treated 51 patients with congenital ventral penile curvature using modified corporoplasty (septoplasty), consisting of accessing the bed of the penile dorsal vein and excising 1 or more diamonds of tunica albuginea from it, extending in wedge-like formation 4 to 5 mm deep into the septum, until the penis is completely straightened. Patient history, clinical findings, self-photography results and the International Index of Erectile Function score were assessed. Curvature grade is expressed using the equation, 180 degrees - X, where X represents the deviation in degrees from the penis axis. Mean preoperative ventral curvature was 131.4 degrees (median 135, range 145 to 110). Of the patients 13 also had erectile dysfunction. Results: At followup postoperative mean ventral curvature was 178.3 degrees (median 179.1, range 180 to 175). A total of 49 stated that they were completely satisfied. Penile shortening was 5 to 15 mm. Compared to preoperative values there were marked improvements in the International Index of Erectile Function score in the various groups. No major postoperative complications developed. In 4 patients wound healing occurred by secondary intent. Conclusions: This technique provides excellent straightening of the curved penis. By avoiding isolation of the whole dorsal neurovascular bundle there is no risk of neurovascular lesions. Suture perception is minimized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1489-1494
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number4 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


  • abnormalities
  • penile erection
  • penis
  • questionnaires
  • reconstructive surgical procedures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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