Long-term outcome of the surgical treatment of concealed penis

C. D.Anthony Herndon, Anthony J. Casale, Mark P. Cain, Richard C. Rink, John Pope

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Purpose: The term concealed penis describes a spectrum of disorders ranging from penoscrotal webbing to a completely buried penis. A number of surgical procedures have been described to correct this condition but little has been written about long-term results. We report our long-term results of the surgical correction of concealed penis based on a survey of parents. Materials and Methods: A retrospective review of patients treated from 1995 to 1999 identified 18 males with a minimum of 21 months of followup whose parents were available for evaluation via telephone interview. The parents were questioned about the initial problems that they associated with concealed penis, such as appearance and accessibility of the penis, ease of hygiene, severity of concealment and negative feelings about the appearance of the penis. Parents were also questioned about the results of surgery and how the surgical result improved or failed to improve their concerns. Specifically, they were questioned about whether the surgery helped to alleviate negative concerns, improve hygiene and make the penis more assessable. Results: Of the 18 patients 14 were infants/toddlers (group 1) and 4 were adolescents (group 2). Group 1 patients with a mean age of 2 years were evaluated at a mean of 41.7 (range 21 to 76) months and group 2 patients with a mean age of 12 years were evaluated at a mean of 38.8 (25 to 63) months after surgery. Before surgery 57% of patients in group 1 and 50% in group 2 complained of difficulty with hygiene. Of the parents 64% of group 1 and 75% of group 2 described their child as having a completely hidden penis. On the other hand, only 57% of parents in group 1 expressed negative feelings about the appearance of the penis compared to all parents in group 2. Following surgery group 1 patients fared better reporting improvements in hygiene (87%), accessibility (86%) and improved appearance of the penis (100%). Results from surgical intervention were less successful in group 2, with improved hygiene in 50%, improved penile accessibility in 75% and improved appearance in 50% of patients. Interestingly, all group 2 parents would still recommend the same surgery to a friend with the same problem despite less than perfect results compared to 79% of group 1 parents who would recommend surgery to others. Conclusions: Our long-term outcome survey data demonstrate that surgical correction of concealed penis addresses an array of presenting complaints. According to the parents of patients surgery is almost uniformly successful in toddlers and less often successful in adolescents. However, despite its limited success in older patients, most parents thought that surgery was a positive intervention and would recommend it to a friend with a similar condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1695-1697
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number4 II
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Penis
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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