Orchidopexy and Split-thickness Skin Graft for Scrotal Defects After Necrotizing Fasciitis

Published:February 10, 2021DOI:



      To demonstrate a technique for performing orchidopexy and split-thickness skin graft for patients with deficient scrotal skin after debridement for Fournier's gangrene. This is an alternative strategy to healing by secondary intention, flaps, or testicular thigh pouches.


      Orchidopexy was performed after initial debridement using interrupted Vicryl sutures to bring the testicles and inferior penis together. During this procedure, the testicles and spermatic cord were mobilized, and redundant spermatic cord was coiled under the abdominal wall. Once patients were medically stable with no additional planned debridement, a split-thickness skin graft at a depth of 18/1000 inch and meshed 2:1 was applied to the scrotum. The graft was covered with a bolster dressing that was sutured to the scrotum for 5 to 7 days. An inpatient stay was not required after skin graft and bolster placement. Patients were evaluated for cosmetic appearance, pain, and need for revision.


      From 2017-2021, 10 patients underwent orchiopexy and split-thickness skin graft to the scrotum. Etiology of Fournier's gangrene included diabetes (5), urethral stricture (2), alcohol abuse (2), unknown (1). Median age was 56 years and median BMI was 30 kg/m2. Median length of stay after orchidopexy and skin graft were 18 and 9 days respectively. At a median follow-up of 8 months, there were no issues with chronic pain, discomfort, or need for further intervention.


      Orchidopexy and split-thickness skin graft to scrotum is a feasible method of scrotal reconstruction that leads to acceptable clinical and cosmetic results, and does not result in prolonged inpatient hospitalization. Future research should focus on long term sexual function and quality of life outcomes.
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