Purpose: The optimal approach to correcting ventral chordee associated with severe hypospadias is controversial. Dorsal plication tends to shorten the phallus and ventrally positioned grafts often mandate a staged procedure. An alternative approach is presented using corporal rotation to correct ventral chordee associated with hypospadias. Materials and Methods: In 6 boys with severe hypospadias the urethral plate was divided and the septum between the corpora cavernosa was partially split with a ventral midline incision. This incision facilitates corporal rotation. Access to the dorsal aspect of the corpora cavernosa was achieved by dissecting Buck's fascia with its encased neurovascular bundles, so that the bundles in the area of chordee were completely elevated and preserved. Using artificial erection as a guide nonabsorbable sutures were placed in the area of maximal curvature from the dorsolateral aspect of 1 corpus cavernosum across the midline to the other side such that, as the knots were tied, the corpora rotated toward the dorsal midline. The knots were buried by apposition of the rotated corporal bodies. Results: Excellent straightening of the phallus was achieved intraoperatively in these patients. Conclusions: The split and roll technique for correcting severe chordee does not require incisions into the corporal substance, involve use of grafts or cause shortening of the phallus. The neurovascular bundles are preserved and are not compressed by the rotational sutures. The surgeon may perform 1-stage reconstruction while achieving maximal penile length.
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