Penoscrotal reconstruction with superficial circumflex iliac artery perforator propeller flap
Han, H.H.; Ahn, M.R.; Lee, J.H.
Microsurgery 39(8): 688-695
ISSN/ISBN: 1098-2752 PMID: 31433073 DOI: 10.1002/micr.30506
Successful penoscrotal reconstruction requires proper resurfacing of the defect and maintenance of the original shape of the penis and scrotum. We examined the feasibility of using the superficial circumflex iliac artery perforator (SCIP) propeller flap to effectively reconstruct penoscrotal defects. Eleven male patients with an average age of 62.2 years were retrospectively evaluated. The average defect size was 21.3 × 10.5 cm2 (range: 10 × 8-24 × 16 cm2 ). An eccentrically located elliptical flap was constructed using a handheld Doppler device after detecting the perforator as the pivot point. The medial branch of the superficial circumflex iliac artery was used for all cases. Flaps were designed to cover 70-80% of the defect area and the average rotation arc was 165°. The average flap dimension was 19.7 × 7.7 cm2 . Two cases showed partial necrosis in the flap tip area. There were no instances of total flap loss or lymphorrhea, or complications such as scar contracture, urination problems, erectile dysfunction, or discomfort during intercourse. The SCIP flap is an effective and ideal method for penoscrotal reconstruction considering the loose, elastic, and thin nature of the tissue. Elevation is easily facilitated, and the thickness of the SCIP flap can be adjusted without microsurgery.