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ORIGINAL RESEARCH—SURGERY: Corporoscopic Excavation of the Fibrosed Corpora Cavernosa for Penile Prosethesis Implantation: Optical Corporotomy and Trans-Corporeal Resection, Shaeer’s Technique


Osama Kamal Zaki Shaeer, MD, 21 Gaber Ibn Hayan Street, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt, 12311. Tel: +20-27951742; Fax: +20-27605181; E-mail:


Introduction.  Implantation of a penile prosthesis in cases of neglected or resistant ischemic priapism, or delayed re-implantation following prosthesis infection and extraction, is usually a difficult and risky procedure due to fibrosis of the corpora cavernosa. Among the common complications are perforation of the urethra, tunica albuginea, and infection. The complications are usually due to the use of blind force against resistance.

Aim.  We propose the techniques of Trans-Corporeal Resection and Optical Corporotomy as adjuvant measures for excavating the fibrosed corpora cavernosa under vision, without the use of force against resistance.

Methods.  Six patients with diffuse fibrosis of the corpora cavernosa were operated on. The instruments and technique are the same as for optical urethrotomy and transurethral resection. Optical Corporotomy was started with, where the corpora are incised from within. After establishment of a satisfactory passage, Trans-Corporeal Resection followed to scrape the fibrous tissue. Implantation of penile prosthesis was completed as usual. The procedure was performed through 1.5 cm incision in the tunica albuginea.

Main Outcome Measures.  Length, girth, and straightness in the erect position, as well as the incidence of complications.

Results.  Operative time was an average of 90 minutes. No difficulty was encountered during the procedure. No complications were noted through 1 year of follow-up.

Conclusion.  Optical Corporotomy and Trans-Corporeal Resection allow for force-free, visually monitored excavation of the fibrosed corpora cavernosa, aiming at safer penile prosthesis implantation. Shaeer O, and Shaeer A. Corporoscopic excavation of the fibrosed corpora cavernosa for penile prosethesis implantation: Optical Corporotomy and Trans-Corporeal Resection, Shaeer’s Technique. J Sex Med 2007;4:218–225.