Objective: A new surgical method of treating Peyronie's disease consisting in intracavernosal excision of the plaque is presented. Material and Methods: The operation was performed on 16 men aged from 34 to 65 years (mean 50.2 years). The angle of penile curvature was 30° to 60°. Thirteen (81.25%) had impaired intercourse because of penile deformity and in 3 (18.75%) patients it was prevented by marked penile curvature. The mean quality of life score (QoL) was evaluated as 4.8. The operation consists in incising the corpus cavernosum parallel to the plaque and through this incision removing the plaque from the inside without incising or replacing the underlaying tunica albuginea. Results: Follow-up examinations made after 3, 6 and 12 months revealed normal, painless erection in all the patients. In 2 (12.5%) intercourse was impaired only by persistent penile curvature of over 20°. Mean QoL score -1.1. Conclusions: In our opinion intracavernosal plaque excision is a simple method, easier to perform and less invasive than the operative methods applied to date. It eliminates the pain, does not result in a shortening of the penis, loss of sensation or erectile dysfunction. It ensures a considerable improvement in the QoL of the patients treated.
- Intracavernosal plaque excision
- Operative treatment
- Penile deformity
- Peyronie's disease
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