Author(s): Micheli E, Ranieri A, Peracchia G, Lembo A
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively review patients with strictures (<3 cm) of the bulbous urethra who had undergone urethroplasty with excision of the stenotic segment and end-to-end anastomosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The review included 74 patients (all men, mean age 39 years, range 18-70) treated between 1989 and 1999 for strictures 5-30 mm long. Forty-one of the patients (55\%) had been treated previously, 39 endoscopically (urethrotomy and/or dilatation) and two surgically. Surgical access was perineal, with the patient in an exaggerated lithotomy position; the stenotic segment was excised and the stumps spatulated for end-to-end anastomosis. The mean (range) duration of surgery was 140 (75-280) min. There were no complications during or after surgery, and none related to the duration in the lithotomy position. RESULTS: At a mean follow-up of 60 months, 93\% of the patients had no recurrence of the stricture and were therefore considered cured. There were no treatment-related complications. CONCLUSION: End-to-end anastomosis is confirmed as the treatment of choice for short bulbous urethral strictures, giving cure rates close to 100\%.
This article was published in BJU Int
and referenced in Reconstructive Surgery & Anaplastology