Shaeer’s Single Corporotomy Penile Prosthesis Implantation Technique

Authors: Osama Shaeer

Key Words: Penile prosthesis, penile implant, single corporotomy, infrapubic, dorsal nerve

1. Introduction
The infrapubic approach (IPA) for penile prosthesis implantation is known for being minimally invasive and of shorter operative time 1,2,3. However, sensory deficit may possibly result from injury of the dorsal nerve of the penis considering that the dual lateral corporotomies are in the course of or close to the neurovascular bundle. We introduce the “Midline Single Corporotomy Infrapubic Technique”. The midline corporotomy in the bed of the deep dorsal vein (DDV) avoids the course of the dorsal arteries and nerves. Theoretically -speaking, the single corporotomy saves operative time and may decrease post-operative pain, though proving this requires comparative studies.
2. Case presentation
Semi-rigid (SR) penile prosthesis was implanted in 11 patients with erectile dysfunction refractory to medical treatment.
3. Protocol
The procedure is performed through the infrapubic incision. The DDV is stripped for a distance of 3-5cm. A single corporotomy is incised in the bed of the DDV, into the midline septum. Access to both corpora is gained by lateral subtunical dissection using Metzenbaum scissors on either sides of the septum. Dilatation and implantation proceed as usual. Direction of dilatation and implantation in the distal corpora is dorsolateral. In the crura, the direction is lateral.
4. Outcome
No particular obstacles were encountered throughout surgery. Average operative time was 22.8 +/-4.7 minutes. No sensory deficit, implant infection or extrusion were encountered.
5. Discussion
IPA has its loyal advocated. Sensory deficit may result in permanent disability. In expert hands, this is highly unlikely though still a rare possibility. However, new entrants are more likely to face this possibility. With Shaeer’s single corporotomy technique, the midline corporotomy avoids this complication altogether. While SR penile implants can be easily implanted via a single midline corporotomy, inflatable implants may require minor design modifications.

Acknowledgement: None

Disclosures: The authors have nothing to disclose.

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