Vertical rectus abdominis flap reconstruction in patients with advanced penile squamous cell carcinoma
Article first published online: 6 DEC 2006
Volume 99, Issue 1, pages 37–40, January 2007
How to Cite
Kayes, O. J., Durrant, C. A., Ralph, D., Floyd, D., Withey, S. and Minhas, S. (2007), Vertical rectus abdominis flap reconstruction in patients with advanced penile squamous cell carcinoma. BJU International, 99: 37–40. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2007.06582.x
- Issue published online: 6 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 6 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 4 August 2006
- penile cancer;
- vertical rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap
To evaluate the role of radical surgical debridement and excision with a vertical rectus abdominis myocutaneous (VRAM) flap reconstruction in patients with advanced penile cancer and subcutaneous metastatic disease, as the quality of life in such patients is extremely poor, multimodal treatments often fail and the outlook for the patient is limited with the development of uncontrollable disease.
PATIENTS AND METHODS
Four patients with advanced penile cancer presenting with fungating, cutaneous tumour deposits received palliative surgical resections for abdominal and inguinal disease. A VRAM flap was used in all cases to achieve tissue coverage.
All grafts were viable and the mean inpatient stay was 14 days. There were no immediate complications after surgery; patient satisfaction and symptom relief was excellent.
Aggressive palliative resection with a VRAM can dramatically improve the patients’ quality of life in advanced penile cancer, permitting disease control with satisfactory cosmesis. However, a multidisciplinary approach involving both the urological reconstructive and plastic surgeon is essential.