The Teenager and His Parents: How Do They Face Andrological Surgery?

  • Elena Vittoria Longhi
  • Giorgio Franco
  • Fulvio Colombo


Every surgical process intrudes on a unique world of emotions, ideas, and relationships. Adolescents and their families try different adaptive behaviors to deal with stress and the fear of anesthesia and death.

The skin and the psyche relate to the outside world and with the medical team in a complex way.

Understanding and observing these systems are one of the many roles of the psychosexologist, to create, from time to time, an effective therapeutic alliance.


Patient’s relationship Brothers and sisters Parent’s relationship Clinical team management The role of psychosexologist alongside the surgeon 


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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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