Preface: controversies & considerations of penile surgery
Editorial on Controversies and Considerations of Penile Surgery

Preface: controversies & considerations of penile surgery

Amidst Covid-19, 2020 was surely a year we won’t forget. One of the many differences faced by physicians was the inability to convene at a scientific meeting and have the random side bar conversations about our idiosyncratic practices, especially the subtleties that affect our surgical technique. For us, some of our biggest surgical practice changes came from these side bars, rather than the key note lectures. This special edition is meant to capture some of the subtleties we missed out on isolated from our peers. We have assembled a world class group of authors to discuss issues and techniques that often are important but are difficult to quantify in traditional scientific literature. There is no specific data that prolonged catheterization following penile implant surgery is suboptimal, but we know it to be so. What does the sex life of a patient after anterior urethroplasty, penectomy or with concealed penis entail? How should we manage gunshot wounds to the genitals or address sclerosing lipogranuloma? What are the tips and tricks for residual curvature, pain management, or length optimization for penile implants? Should we embrace shock wave therapy for erectile dysfunction (ED) and use male slings for incontinence? We hope you find the answers to these and many other questions surrounding penile surgery from this special edition. Special thanks to the TAU team in making this edition possible. We look forward to discussing your take on our esteemed authors’ thoughts at the next scientific meeting… in person… without a mask!


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Conflicts of Interest: Both authors have completed the ICMJE uniform disclosure form (available at The series “Controversies and Considerations of Penile Surgery” was commissioned by the editorial office without any funding or sponsorship. TSK served as the unpaid Guest Editor of the series and serves as an unpaid Associate Editor-in-Chief of Translational Andrology and Urology from Jan 2020 to Dec 2021. TSK reports other from Coloplast, other from Boston Scientific, outside the submitted work. FEM served as the unpaid Guest Editor of the series. The authors have no other conflicts of interest to declare.

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Francisco E. Martins
Tobias S. Köhler

Francisco E. Martins, MD

Department of Urology, University of Lisbon, School of Medicine, Hospital Santa Maria, Lisbon, Portugal.

Tobias S. Köhler, MD, MPH, FACS

Department of Urology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.

Submitted Jan 12, 2021. Accepted for publication Jan 27, 2021.

doi: 10.21037/tau-2021-02

Cite this article as: Martins FE, Köhler TS. Preface: controversies & considerations of penile surgery. Transl Androl Urol 2021;10(6):2534-2535. doi: 10.21037/tau-2021-02