Surgical outcomes from limiting the use of nonabsorbable suture in tunica albuginea plication for Peyronie's disease
Tunica albuginea plication (TAP) surgery for Peyronie's disease (PD) is classically described using nonabsorbable suture. Many patients are aware of nodularity at the suture sites (50-88%), and some find them painful (10-33%). We explore whether limiting permanent sutures provides a durable correction of curve and report the incidence of bothersome nodules. Beginning in 2007, we modified our TAP procedure to limit the use of permanent sutures. We reviewed all patients who underwent TAP procedures from 2007 to 2014 at our institution. Patients were contacted to complete a previously published survey regarding postoperative satisfaction. In total, 142 PD patients underwent the TAP procedure and 81/142 (57%) completed the postoperative survey. Mean office follow-up and survey follow-up were 17.3 and 56.3 months, respectively. Of the surveyed patients, 6.2% complained of a bothersome residual curve, 19.8% experienced nodularity and 4.9% reported bothersome nodules. Men with dorsal curves experienced less painful nodularity than those with ventral (P = 0.047) or lateral curves (P = 0.017). In total, 4/142 (2.8%) of men underwent repeat intervention. At long-term follow-up, limiting permanent sutures during TAP procedures for PD is durable with respect to curvature correction and has encouragingly low levels of nodularity and bother at suture sites.