This study evaluates the use of acellular dermal matrix (ADM) in conjunction with negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) and delayed split-thickness skin graft (STSG) application as an alternative to free tissue transfer for defect coverage of the penile shaft. Five patients with genital lymphedema and one with penile skin deficiency underwent penile shaft reconstruction with a two-stage surgical procedure. The first procedure aimed to the correction of skin defect and to neodermis regeneration through the use of an ADM (Integra®, Integra Lifesciences Corp., Plainsboro, NJ, USA) and NPWT. The second procedure 3 weeks later aimed to the covering of the skin defect with an unmeshed STSG. Both the Integra and skin graft showed completely taking at 7 days postop. No major complications occurred. At 6 months grafts gained sufficient elasticity to allow the sliding of the epidermis over the dermal layer, similarly the physiological penile shaft skin. Our results suggest that combined therapy might be an alternative to free tissue transfer for defect coverage of the penile shaft, leading to a good esthetic result, an optimal shaft coverage and providing adequate extensibility during erections. For best results we advise that in these cases urologists should collaborate with plastic surgeons.

Reconstruction of penile skin loss using a combined therapy of negative pressure wound therapy, dermal regeneration template, and split-thickness skin graft application

Papa G.;Liguori G.
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Boltri M.;Stocco C.;De Grazia A.;Rizzo M.;Pavan N.;Ramella V.;Trombetta C.;Arnez Z. M.
2020

Abstract

This study evaluates the use of acellular dermal matrix (ADM) in conjunction with negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) and delayed split-thickness skin graft (STSG) application as an alternative to free tissue transfer for defect coverage of the penile shaft. Five patients with genital lymphedema and one with penile skin deficiency underwent penile shaft reconstruction with a two-stage surgical procedure. The first procedure aimed to the correction of skin defect and to neodermis regeneration through the use of an ADM (Integra®, Integra Lifesciences Corp., Plainsboro, NJ, USA) and NPWT. The second procedure 3 weeks later aimed to the covering of the skin defect with an unmeshed STSG. Both the Integra and skin graft showed completely taking at 7 days postop. No major complications occurred. At 6 months grafts gained sufficient elasticity to allow the sliding of the epidermis over the dermal layer, similarly the physiological penile shaft skin. Our results suggest that combined therapy might be an alternative to free tissue transfer for defect coverage of the penile shaft, leading to a good esthetic result, an optimal shaft coverage and providing adequate extensibility during erections. For best results we advise that in these cases urologists should collaborate with plastic surgeons.
16-ago-2020
Epub ahead of print
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41443-020-00343-1
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