Complete phalloplasty using the free radial forearm flap for correcting micropenis associated with vesical exstrophy.
De Fontaine S, Lorea P, Wespes E, Schulman C, Goldschmidt D.
Plastic Surgery and Urology Departments,
University Hospital Erasme, Brussels, Belgium.
Abstract [Full Text] [PDF]
Purpose We present a new surgical technique for reconstructing the penis in a man with micropenis associated with vesical exstrophy.
Materials and Methods A free radial forearm flap was used to create a penis of normal length and diameter. The flap was wrapped around the native micropenis. A penile prosthesis was then inserted in the flap to provide erection.
Results The flap was well vascularized and no skin damage was observed 6 years after reconstruction. The patient achieved sexual intercourse on a regular basis. He is satisfied with the result.
Conclusions Free transfer of the radial forearm flap may be done in select men with micropenis associated with vesical exstrophy for penile reconstruction. An inflatable prosthesis may be inserted in the flap to provide erection.
The results of this technique have remained stable in the long term. This method provides a new tool for phalloplasty in these difficult cases.
Citation: J Urol 2001 Aug;166(2):597-9 an article published on the Internet by PubMed <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/>