What is penile plication?
This procedure corrects angulation in the erect penis
Why do I need this?
- Curvature of the penis can be congenital or acquired
- It creates a bend in the erect penis that makes intercourse and penetration difficult because of pain or buckling or physical limitations
How long does it take?
60 – 90 minutes under a general anaesthetic
What are the risks?
- Foreskin complications can occur so circumcision is often advised
- Wound infections may occur
- The skin incision often looks red with crusting and the dissolving sutures may take 10-20 days to fall out
- Penile shortening of about 1cm may occur
- About 10% of cases can recur
- Loss of sensitivity is possible depending on the type of curvature and repair
- Thrombosis is uncommon
What can I expect after surgery?
- An overnight stay in hospital is normal
- A catheter is inserted overnight because of a compressive dressing to minimise bleeding
- Bruising and tenderness in the penis requires 6 weeks abstinence from intercourse
- Some discomfort with erections may occur in the first 4 weeks
- One week off work is usually adequate