Glans preservation contributes to postoperative restoration of male sexual function: a multicenter clinical study of glans preserving surgery.

Abstract

PURPOSE We evaluated whether glans preserving surgery would be more helpful for patients to regain satisfactory sexual competency postoperatively than conventional partial amputation. MATERIALS AND METHODS From 2004 to 2012 at 4 centers a total of 135 men treated with glans preserving surgery and 36 treated with partial amputation were selected for evaluation from a total of 273 consecutive patients with penile cancer. Subjective evaluation for patient sexual performance was investigated using the IIEF-15. Objective evaluation was done using the audiovisual sexual stimulation test with the RigiScan® Plus. The degree of satisfaction with penile appearance, and patient confidence and partner acceptability for intercourse were evaluated by 5-point scales. RESULTS Patients treated with glans preserving surgery had better performance in 4 IIEF-15 domains (erectile function, orgasmic function, intercourse satisfaction and overall satisfaction) and 1 RigiScan parameter (tip rigidity) (each p <0.01). They also had significantly higher appearance satisfaction (64.4% vs 13.9%) and intercourse confidence (55.6% vs 5.6%) than men who underwent partial amputation. Sexual partners in the glans preserving group also showed significantly higher appearance satisfaction (51.1% vs 5.6%) and intercourse acceptability (37.8% vs 16.7%) than in the partial amputation group. CONCLUSIONS Glans preserving surgery effectively preserves the functional anatomy and cosmetic appearance of the glans penis. Glans preservation contributes to minimizing postoperative erectile dysfunction and negative psychological impediments, and promotes return to satisfactory sexual performance. Patients treated with glans preservation have more advantages in obtaining sexual acceptance from their partners than those who undergo amputation.

DOI: 10.1016/j.juro.2014.04.083

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@article{Yang2014GlansPC, title={Glans preservation contributes to postoperative restoration of male sexual function: a multicenter clinical study of glans preserving surgery.}, author={Jie Yang and Jing Chen and Xin-feng Wu and Ning-jing Song and Xiao-yun Xu and Quan Li and Di Qiao and Jia-yi Zhang and Wei Wang and Huang Su and Zeng-jun Wang and Jian-tang Su and Ning-hong Song}, journal={The Journal of urology}, year={2014}, volume={192 5}, pages={1410-7} }