Injury to the external sphincter during urethroplasty at or near the membranous urethra can result in incontinence in men whose internal sphincter mechanism has been compromised by previous benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) surgery. We present outcomes of a novel reconstructive procedure, incorporating a recent anatomic discovery revealing a connective tissue sheath between the external sphincter and membranous urethra, which provides a surgical plane allowing for intrasphincteric bulbo-prostatic urethroplasty (ISBPA) with continence preservation.
Stricture at or near the membranous urethra after transurethral resection (TURP) or open simple prostatectomy (OSP) was reconstructed with ISBPA. The bulbomembranous junction is approached dorsally with a bulbar artery sparing approach and the external sphincter muscle is carefully reflected, exposing the wall of the membranous urethra. Gentle blunt dissection along this connective tissue plane allows separating the muscle away up to the prostatic apex, where healthy urethra is found for anastomosis.
From January 2010 to August 2019, 40 men (18 after TURP and 22 after OSP) underwent ISBPA at a single institution. Mean age was 67 years (54-82). Mean stricture length was 2.6 cm (1-6) with obliterative stricture identified in 10 (25%). At a mean follow-up of 53 months (10-122), 36 men (90%) are free of stricture recurrence and 34 (85%) were completely dry or using one security pad.
This novel intrasphincteric urethroplasty technique for stricture following BPH surgery is feasible and safe, allowing successful reconstruction with continence preservation in most patients. A larger series and reproduction in other centers is needed.
World journal of urology. 2020 Aug 18 [Epub ahead of print]
Reynaldo G Gómez, Laura G Velarde, Rodrigo A Campos, Alvaro A Saavedra, Erico J Delgado, Richard A Santucci, Kyle A Scarberry
Urology Service, Hospital del Trabajador, Santiago, Chile. ., Urology Service, Hospital del Trabajador, Santiago, Chile., Service of Urology, Hospital Dr. Sótero del Río, Santiago, Chile., Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile., Crane Center for Transgender Surgery, Austin, TX, USA., Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, USA.