Who Is the Surgical Patient?

  • Elena Vittoria Longhi
  • Giorgio Franco
  • Fulvio Colombo


The andrological patient requires a tailored clinical, surgical, and psychosexological approach. Patient and family experience feelings of vulnerability, insecurity, and anguish about the future. Patient compliance, satisfaction with surgical treatment, and the resumption of sexual activity and life depend, to a large extent, on the skill of the clinical team.


Surgical patient Family body Relationship between surgeon and patient Clinical and psychosexological team Communication Genital aspects Psyche 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Vittoria Longhi
    • 1
  • Giorgio Franco
    • 2
  • Fulvio Colombo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Urology Sexual Medical CenterSan Raffaele HospitalMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of UrologySapienza UniversityRomeItaly
  3. 3.Andrology UnitSant’Orsola University HospitalBolognaItaly

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