WASHINGTON, DC USA (UroToday.com) - This group looked at the long-term follow up (greater than 1 year) of over 300 patients who underwent robotic radical prostatectomy in which a suprapubic catheter was used for urinary drainage. After 1 year, ~ 85% were completely pad free in the suprapubic catheter group, with only one episode of bladder neck contracture. Compared to matched historical controls, the suprapubic catheter group also required urinary catheterization for a shorter period of time. This is more early evidence that using a suprapubic catheter alone after radical prostatectomy may be safe and effective, as well as more comfortable for the patient.
Presented by Quoc-Dien Trinh, et al. at the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting - May 14 - 19, 2011 - Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC USA
Reported for UroToday by Phillip Mucksavage, MD, Department of Urology, University of California, Irvine.
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