Efficacy of Pressure Regulating Balloon Exchange in Men with Post Artificial Urinary Sphincter Persistent or Recurrent Stress Urinary Incontinence

To assess the efficacy of exchanging the pressure regulating balloon(PRB) to 71-80cmH20 in patients with persistent or recurrent stress urinary incontinence(SUI) following artificial urinary sphincter(AUS) placement.

Patients with SUI following AUS placement who underwent PRB replacement between 2011-2017 in the absence of urethral cuff malfunction, atrophy, stricture, or erosion were reviewed. Primary outcomes included changes in pad per day(PPD), Incontinence Symptom Index(ISI) score, and Incontinence Quality of Life(I-QOL). Secondary outcomes included rates of device erosion and all-cause explant or revision. Differences were compared between patients with and without erosion, explant, or revision. Kaplan Meier device survival analysis was performed.

Twenty-two patients (67±9 years, body mass index of 30±5 kg/m2) with a median follow up of 22.4 months (IQR 9.3, 47.3) were included. Incontinence etiology included radical prostatectomy in 60% of patients. After PRB exchange, the average number of PPD decreased from 4.0±3.0 to 1.0±1.6 PPD(P=0.01), as did ISI scores(21.6±8.5vs.16.3±8.1, P<0.001) and I-QOL(15.2±6.8 vs. 7.2±3.4,P=0.01). Three patients with prior radiation (14%) experienced cuff erosion. The explantation/revision rate was 45%(10/22) at 33.5(IQR 8.9,48) months. Kaplan-Meier analysis demonstrated 68%(15/22) and 41%(9/22) retained their device at 12 and 24 months, respectively.

PRB exchange can transiently alleviate persistent or recurrent post-AUS SUI in the absence of mechanical failure or urethral pathology. Caution is warranted in patients with prior radiation as this was a risk factor for urethral erosion. Although many patients may require device revision at 2 years, it can be a temporizing solution that avoids urethral manipulation and periprocedural device deactivation.

Urology. 2018 Sep 07 [Epub ahead of print]

Rachel A Moses, Sorena Keihani, James R Craig, Jacob Basilius, James M Hotaling, Sara M Lenherr, William O Brant, Jeremy B Myers

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Electronic address: ., University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT., Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT.

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