ABSTRACT: To evaluate the various operative details of strictures of the posterior urethra that are essential for a successful result.
The clinical data of 191 patients with posterior urethral strictures or distraction defects from January 1990 to January 2006 were analyzed retrospectively. All patients underwent a retrograde and voiding urethrogram, 62 patients had urethral ultrasonography, 48 patients had urethroscopy, 3 patients had MRI. Repair was performed with a simple anastomosis after urethral mobilization in 66 patients, separation of the corporeal bodies in 48 patients, separation of the corporeal bodies and inferior pubectomy in 30 patients, transpubic anastomosis in 18 patients, pull-through operation in 3 patients, and optical urethrotomy in 26 patients. Followup ranged from 6 to 48 months.
The mean stricture length was 3.6 cm (range from 1.5 to 8.0 cm). Posterior urethral strictures is in 31 (16%), posterior distraction defects is in 160 (84%), of which the length of the distraction defects < 3 cm is in 102 (53.4%), and the the length of the distraction defects > 3 cm is in 58 (30.6%). The overall successful results (Qmax > 15 ml/s) after operation was 84.3%. Optical urethrotomy was 69%, the successful results with anastomotic urethroplasty were 97% with a simple anastomosis; 79% with separation of the corporeal bodies; 80% with separation of the corporeal bodies and inferior pubectomy; 83% with transpubic anastomosis; and 67% with pull-through operation.
The anastomotic urethroplasty is better than the optical urethrotomy, the length of the strictures or distraction defect which is lower than 3 cm is much more successfully corrected.
Zhonghua wai ke za zhi [Chinese journal of surgery] 09/2006; 44(18):1244-7.