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J Urol. 2003 Feb;169(2):599-602.

Corporeal plication for the treatment of congenital penile curvature.

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Department of Urology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.



We evaluated the long-term outcome, effectiveness and patient satisfaction of corporeal plication for the correction of congenital penile curvature.


A total of 25 patients with congenital penile curvature were included in the study. Mean age was 39 years (range 15 to 45). Patients with Peyronie's disease, and/or chordee associated with hypospadias or evidence of erectile dysfunction were excluded from analysis. All procedures were done on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. The technique of corporeal plication consists of placing longitudinal plication sutures of 2-zero braided polyester on the opposing side of curvature until it is corrected during artificially induced erection. A standardized questionnaire was then completed via telephone interview to assess results as well as the patient satisfaction rate.


A total of 22 patients were available for evaluation. Successful results at up to 3(1/2) years (range 1 to 42 months, mean 18) of followup were achieved in 21 of the 22 patients (95%). Success was defined as the correction of curvature and a patient satisfaction rate of 75% or greater. Curvature was ventral in 20 cases, dorsal in 2 and left lateral in 3. Shortening of the penis after surgery was noted by 4 patients (18%), of whom 3 nevertheless had a satisfaction rate of 75% or greater. In 2 patients postoperative hematoma resolved spontaneously. Mean operative time was 50 minutes and 22 of the 25 patients (88%) received local anesthesia.


Corporeal plication is a simple, minimally invasive surgical procedure that proved to be effective for congenital curvature of the penis compared with other, more extensive penile reconstruction surgery.

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