AB100. Anatomical basis and clinical effect of selective dorsal neurectomy for patients with lifelong premature ejaculation: a randomized controlled trial
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AB100. Anatomical basis and clinical effect of selective dorsal neurectomy for patients with lifelong premature ejaculation: a randomized controlled trial

Qian Liu1,2, Sen Li1, Youpeng Zhang1, Yongbiao Cheng1, Jiamin Fan1, Li Jiang2, Shan Li3, Yong Tang1, Hanqing Zeng1, Jin Wang1, Zhaohui Zhu1

1Department of Urology, 2Department of Nosocomial Infection Management, 3Department of Nursing, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430022, China


Background: Although American Urological Association and European Association of Urology guidelines do not consider surgical treatment for premature ejaculation (PE), the use of SDN has increased for many years in Asian countries. The aim of this study is to evaluate anatomical basis and clinical effect of selective dorsal neurectomy (SDN) in patients with PE in mainland China.

Methods: Patients were assigned to two groups: group 1, comprising 46 patients with redundant foreskin, and group 2, comprising 96 patients with redundant foreskin and PE. Group 2 patients were further randomly classified into group 2a undergoing SDN and circumcision (n=48) and group 2b undergoing only circumcision (n=48). The number of dorsal penile nerves was compared between groups 1 and 2. Pre- and postoperative intravaginal ejaculation latency time (IELT), 5-item version of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5), PE diagnostic tool (PEDT), and postoperative complications were compared between groups 2a and 2b.

Results: Group 2 patients had more dorsal penile nerves of 1–2-mm (P=0.007) and ≥2-mm (P<0.001) diameters than group 1 patients. Group 2a had a longer postoperative IELT than preoperative IELT (P<0.001), and postoperative PEDT was lower than preoperative PEDT (P<0.001). More patients in group 2a had ejaculation controllability after surgery than before surgery (P<0.001). No difference was found between pre- and postoperative IIEF-5. For group 2b patients, there were no statistical differences between pre- and postoperative effects on any of the criteria (P>0.05). No statistical difference was found between groups 2a and 2b in postoperative complications (P>0.05).

Conclusions: Patients with lifelong PE have more and thicker dorsal penile nerves than those without lifelong PE, and SDN is effective in improving lifelong PE by IELT prolongation and ejaculation controllability with few postoperative complications. SDN is a promising treatment for lifelong PE patients who had poor response to medicine or refused oral medication.

Keywords: Selective dorsal neurectomy (SDN); premature ejaculation (PE); erectile function


doi: 10.21037/tau.2018.AB100


Cite this article as: Liu Q, Li S, Zhang Y, Cheng Y, Fan J, Jiang L, Li S, Tang Y, Zeng H, Wang J, Zhu Z. Anatomical basis and clinical effect of selective dorsal neurectomy for patients with lifelong premature ejaculation: a randomized controlled trial. Transl Androl Urol 2018;7(Suppl 5):AB100. doi: 10.21037/tau.2018.AB100