Purpose: Microsurgical revascularization of the penis in vasculogenic impotence is an accepted surgical procedure in young men with a history of blunt pelvic or perineal trauma. Most penile revascularization techniques use the inferior epigastric artery in direct artery-to-artery revascularization or dorsal vein arterialization procedures. To obviate the wide pararectal incision laparoscopic mobilization of the inferior epigastric vessels has been recently proposed. We present 2 cases of successful laparoscopically assisted penile revascularization. Materials and Methods: With the patient under general anesthesia the first trocar was inserted in the umbilical region and pneumoperitoneum was induced. Two other trocars were positioned laterally. As soon as the inferior epigastric vessels were accessed, dissection was initiated below the level of the arcuate line. The vessels were dissected cephalad en bloc to a point of bifurcation of the inferior epigastric artery above the umbilical level. The inferior epigastric pedicle was ligated with clips and transected at the cephalad edge of the dissection. It was then mobilized and tunneled through an infrapubic incision at the base of the penis for subsequent microvascular anastomosis with the penile vessels. Results: The anastomosis was patent and hemostasis was satisfactory. Operative time in the 2 cases was 4.3 and 5.2 hours, respectively. At 3 months both patients reported complete erections. Conclusions: Our experience confirms the extremely practical use of laparoscopy which, due to its magnification power, makes it possible to perform fast, accurate excision of the epigastric bundle. Moreover, a wide pararectal incision, which is a frequent cause of postoperative complications, is avoided.
|Titolo:||Laparoscopically assisted penile revascularization for vasculogenic impotence: 2 additional cases|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1997|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|