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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elizabeth B. Yerkes, MD (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine)
Description: This text covers techniques and concerns in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the external genitalia in the adult and pediatric populations.
Purpose: The authors successfully present an array of modern techniques for reconstruction of congenital and acquired abnormalities of the external genitalia. It is a showplace for the combined talents of plastic surgeons, urologic surgeons, and gynecologists within an important subspecialty. There is no other current, detailed resource.
Audience: The text is best suited for practitioners and residents training at the subspecialty level, primarily in the field of urologic surgery.
Features: A broad range of adult and pediatric reconstructive challenges are covered, including both common (circumcision, hypospadias repair, Peyronie's correction) and infrequent (total phalloplasty, vaginal reconstruction, gender reassignment) procedures. Congenital, aesthetic, and acquired or traumatic problems are all skillfully covered. In addition to the fine-points of operative techniques, multiple complementary sections address planning, perioperative care, and management of complications. The strength of this technical manual is the concise, detailed chapter which focuses on a specific reconstructive technique or concern. The quality of intraoperative photographs is at times sub-optimal, but other atlas-quality illustrations provide excellent instruction.
Assessment: This is an excellent subspecialty text filling a need for a comprehensive resource for genital reconstructive surgery. Authorities in the field collaborate to provide useful details, which are beyond the scope of a general urology text.