Effect of incision and saphenous vein grafting for Peyronie's disease on penile length and sexual satisfaction

J. P. Yurkanin*, R. Dean, H. Wessells, Michael Gross, Dani M. Keidar, Margalit Neuman, Pinhas M. Livne, Jack Baniel

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Purpose: We determined the effect of incision and saphenous vein grafting on penile length, erectile function and overall sexual satisfaction in men with Peyronie's disease. Materials and Methods: A total of 24 consecutive men underwent plaque incision and saphenous vein grafting with postoperative daily use of a vacuum erection device. Erect penile length, pain, curvature and erectile function were assessed before and after surgery, and overall sexual satisfaction was scored from I to 5 by a validated instrument. Results: Of the 22 patients in whom adequate followup data were available mean penile length was increased 2.1 cm. as a result of surgery (p<0.001). Median score of overall satisfaction with sex life was 4 or moderately satisfied. Of the 86% of men who achieved sexual intercourse after surgery 54% used no erectile aids and 32% required sildenafil or intracavernous injection. Complete erectile dysfunction was present in 14% of cases. Patients who reported erectile difficulty preoperatively were significantly more likely to have erectile dysfunction postoperatively that required erectile aids. Arterial insufficiency on duplex Doppler ultrasound was associated with a higher likelihood of complete erectile dysfunction. Complications in 33% of patients included complete erectile dysfunction in 3 and significant persistent penile curvature in 1. Conclusions: Incision and venous grafting of plaque leads to statistically and clinically significant increases in penile length in men with Peyronie's disease. Preoperative erectile dysfunction and cavernous arterial insufficiency were associated with a higher risk of postoperative erectile dysfunction. Nevertheless, patients reported a high degree of satisfaction with their overall sex life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1769-1773
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2001


  • Penile induration
  • Penis
  • Saphenous vein
  • Transplants


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