The Use of Bovine Collagen and Skin Graft for Reconstruction of the Glans Penis Following Cancer Resection


Penile reconstruction following cancer resection has long been a challenge due to demand for both aesthetic and functional preservation. Although various methods have attempted to achieve both goals, none have succeeded entirely. In this report, we introduce a novel reconstructive technique on a 64-year-old patient with squamous cell carcinoma of the glans penis. The technique consisted of two staged procedures. First, a dermal substitute, consisting of bovine collagen, was sutured onto the defect after partial glansectomy and three weeks later, the integrated dermis was covered with autologous non-meshed partial thickness skin graft. Use of this dermal substitute in a staged fashion allowed for ability to await final pathologic margins prior to definitive reconstruction and increased dermal thickness. After 9-month follow-up, sexual function returned within 3 months and the patient remained healed. We found this technique to be useful in concurrently preserving penile function and cosmesis. Future studies should include more patients and longer follow-up.

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Z. Sun, V. R. Sinha, E. E. Young, B. Bensadigh, C. Ceron, B. R. Kava, J. N. Landon and C. J. Salgado, "The Use of Bovine Collagen and Skin Graft for Reconstruction of the Glans Penis Following Cancer Resection," Open Journal of Urology, Vol. 2 No. 3A, 2012, pp. 216-218. doi: 10.4236/oju.2012.223038.

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