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Penectomy, penile ablation in Istanbul Turkey

Men with penis cancer can be treated with surgery through a penile ablation procedure called a penectomy that can be recommended, in part or in whole. In some cases, the scrotum and lymph nodes are also removed.


Penectomy Turkey
Who is this procedure for?
  • Men with penis cancer

Side effects
  • Infection/sepsis
  • Chronic pain
  • Problems of scarring or degradation of the skin
  • Accumulation of liquids
  • Narrowing of the urethra
  • Possibility of having to sit to urinate
  • Possible inability to have sex
  • Lifelong need for testosterone supplements in case of emasculation
Recovery time
  • A hospitalization of 2 to 3 days
  • Convalescence varies between 2 and 4 weeks

What is a penile ablation ?

A penectomy is a surgery that involves removing part or all of the penis or the removal of the testicles and the scrotum  (emasculation) to try to cure a disease and eliminate the symptoms that result from it.

Usually, the need for the partial or total removal of the penis occurs due to a malignant tumor at this location; on some occasions, there may be other pathologies that affect the organ and promote the recourse to its removal.

Surgery is the most effective treatment for any type of penis cancer. The doctors will remove cancer and all the surrounding tissue to prevent it from spreading. The extent of the surgery depends on the depth inside the cancerous stem.

The types of penectomy

Generally, penis cancer is confined to the skin, so surgeons can remove only the upper layers of the skin. This surgery depends on the location of penis cancer, and therefore, surgeons can remove only the foreskin, glans, or part of the skin under the penis.

After performing these operations, the majority of men resume their ordinary sexual and urinary functions.

In the case that cancer has spread to the tissues of the penis, surgeons will have to resort to penectomy surgery. Moreover, there are 3 types of penectomies:

  • A partial penectomy: Surgeons remove the head of the penis and all affected parts of the stem, and try to leave as many stems in place to ensure that the patient can still urinate standing and maintaining some sexual function.
  • Total penectomy: in this case, the surgeons will remove the entire organ but also the roots of the penis that extend to the pelvic area. The surgeons move the urethra to the space between the testicles and the anus. The patient will be able to control urination but will have to sit to urinate and sex is no longer feasible.
  • Emasculation: Rarely, penis cancer spreads to the point that surgeons need to do a scrotum and testicular ablation as well as the penis. Any man who has undergone this surgery will have to undergo hormone replacement treatment for the rest of his life.

A penis cancer?

Penis cancer is a tumor that occurs anywhere on the penis. It’s a relatively rare disease. Penis cancer can be treated and surgery is the most common treatment.

Most penile cancers are skin cancers, but there are also other types of penis cancer. In addition, the most common types of penis cancer include:

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Squamous cell cancers can occur anywhere on the penis, but are most commonly found on the foreskin.
  • Basal cell carcinoma: This is rarely found on the penis, but it may appear. They do not spread rapidly.
  • Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer because it spreads throughout the body quickly. Nevertheless, it appears most often on the skin that is regularly exposed to the sun, so it is not common on the penis.
  • Adenocarcinoma: These carcinomas are very similar to skin cancers but appear in the sweat glands of the penis.
  • Sarcoma: A sarcoma of the penis is the type of cancer that emerges in soft tissues such as blood vessels, muscles, or connective tissue and can occur on any part of the penis.

Penectomy surgery in Istanbul Turkey

Penectomy is a surgical procedure whose objective is the resection of a malignant penis tumor. In Istanbul Turkey, the patients, who underwent this operation, are operated in the supine position, under the spinal block. With Turkey Santé, according to the opinions of our patients, this surgery is performed with optimal results and within the framework of respect for medical ethics.

The price of a penectomy in Turkey varies according to the type and stage of cancer and its location. Turkey Santé guarantees you medical assistance by offering you the most competitive rates in Istanbul Turkey and in the best clinics.

Highly qualified and experienced surgeons ensure total management.

Post-operative effects

Following the completion of this procedure in Turkey, the following side effects or complications may occur but are not often expected:

  • Persistence of penile discomfort.

  • Neuralgia (nerve pain),hyperesthesia (increased sensitivity),or hypoesthesia (decreased sensitivity).
  • Swelling or necrosis of the skin of the penis.
  • Decreased ability to maintain an erection.
  • Stenosis of the new urethral metra.
  • Need to urinate sitting down in case of the small stump or perineal dilation of the urethra.
  • Infection of the wound that may cause cosmetic defects.
  • Bleeding to varying degrees. The consequences of this hemorrhage are very diverse depending on the type of treatment required, ranging from the minimum severity to the certain possibility of death, as a direct result of the hemorrhage or because of secondary to the treatments used.

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