Reconstruction of the penis in men born with epispadias and exstrophy
- C. R. J. Woodhouse
- European Journal of Plastic Surgery
A review of bladder exstrophy experience at our institution was undertaken with reference to penile adequacy and intersymphyseal distance. Drift of the symphysis apart even with iliac osteotomy was noted to occur within two years of initial closure but remained stable after three years. This drift can be prevented if the sacral tuberous and sacral spinous ligaments are sectioned. Further, the adequacy of the phallus seems to depend directly on the intersymphyseal distance. Thus, we suggest a variation in the staged approach to bladder exstrophy repair with these facts in mind.