Results of surgical treatment for abnormal penile curvature: Peyronie's disease and congenital deviation by modified Nesbit plication (tunical shaving and plication)

Jamil Rehman, Alexandru Benet, Lloyd S. Minsky, Arnold Melman

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Purpose: We report a modification of the Nesbit plication with partial thickness shaving instead of conventional excision of a wedge of tunica albuginea. The technique minimizes intraoperative bleeding, obviates cavernous tissue damage and improves adhesion of plicated tunical layers. Materials and Methods: Between September 1988 and September 1994, 32 patients underwent modified plication repair of chordee secondary to Peyronie's disease (26) or congenital penile deviation (6). The results were evaluated in the spring of 1996. Results: Mean age plus or minus standard deviation was 55 ± 8.8 years for patients with Peyronie's disease and 27 ± 6.85 years for those with congenital penile deviation. Mean duration of Peyronie's disease was 22 ± 9 months. Eight patients complained of erectile dysfunction and penile curvature. Plication for congenital deviation (6 patients) resulted in 100% satisfaction with the surgical result. Of the 26 men with Peyronie's disease 19 (78%) reported a good to excellent outcome. With prolonged followup (1 to 5 years) 7 patients had recurrent curvature due to progression of disease, including 5 with mild curvature who were able to have intercourse, in contrast with 2 who had severe early recurrence of deformity (more than 30 degrees) within 1 year postoperatively and underwent a second modified plication with good clinical outcome. Six of 32 patients with Peyronie's disease were unable to resume satisfactory coitus with a postoperative straight penis. All 6 patients had concomitant poor erections preoperatively as shown by nocturnal penile tumescence and rigidity testing and 5 of them resumed regular intercourse with intracavernous pharmacotherapy. Conclusions: Long-term results of this modified plication demonstrate excellent clinical outcome with minimal morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1288-1291
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1997



  • abnormalities
  • penile induration
  • penis

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  • Urology

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