OBLITERATIVE VESICOURETHRAL STRICTURES FOLLOWING RADICAL PROSTATECTOMY FOR PROSTATE CANCER: RECONSTRUCTIVE ARMAMENTARIUM

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Abstract

Purpose

We report the reconstructive techniques used to correct obliterative vesicourethral strictures related to prostate cancer surgery.

Materials and Methods

Four men with anastomotic obliteration after radical prostatectomy underwent primary excision with end-to-end anastomosis, penile fasciocutaneous flap, free-graft urethroplasty with rectus muscle flap or anterior bladder tube with omental flap procedure.

Results

At mean followup of 33.8 months all patients had urethral patency but none was continent.

Conclusions

Single stage reconstruction of the obliterated vesicourethral anastomosis after prostatectomy successfully restored urethral patency. No technique was applicable in all cases. Sphincteric function is likely to be compromised after the primary procedure, resulting in incontinence after successful urethral reconstruction. Subsequent artificial sphincter placement appears to be safe and helpful in restoring continence.

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