Aesthetic and Functional Results after Single- and Two-Stage Resection and Reconstruction of Penile Paraffinomas – Experience from Two Tertiary Centers and a Surgical Management Algorithm

Florencio M. Marín-Martínez*, Pablo L. Guzmán Martínez-Valls, Snir Dekalo, Jerry Weiss, Oriana Haran

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Abstract

The treatment of choice of penile paraffinoma (PP) is surgical resection. Penile soft tissue coverage in a combined Urology/Plastic Surgery procedure, is often needed. Objective: To describe the surgical techniques, aesthetics and functional outcomes, and to provide a practical algorithm for the surgical management of symptomatic PP. Methods: We retrospectively recruited PP patients treated with surgical resection, from 2004 to 2020, in the Reina Sofia Hospital of Murcia (Spain) and Sourasky Medical Center (Israel). Procedural and postoperative erectile function, according to the short version of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5) data were collected. Results: Eight patients underwent surgery. The mean age was 30 years. The mean time between substance injection and surgery was 6 years. The most frequently injected material was liquid paraffin (50%), followed by Vaseline. Extensive skin involvement was present in all patients with liquid paraffin, requiring 2-stage surgery or skin graft. PP surgical treatment was successfully achieved in an Urology/Plastic Surgery joined effort. Postoperative erectile function was preserved in all cases. Conclusion: PP can pose a surgical challenge. A combined surgical approach with urology and plastics allows for functional and aesthetic preservation. The extent of PP and the viability of shaft skin preservation should guide surgical approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-235
Number of pages9
JournalUrology
Volume171
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2023

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