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Outcome of end-to-end urethroplasty: single-center experience.

OBJECTIVE: We review our experience of end-to-end urethroplasty for urethral strictures performed during the last 6 years.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: From September 2001 to December 2006, 138 male patients underwent anastomotic urethroplasty at our center. Mean age was 28.1 years (range 6-71), average stricture length was 2.2 cm (range 0.7-6.0). One hundred and one patients (73.2%) had obliterative stricture while 37 (26.8%) still had some urethral passage. Ninety (65.2%) had a history of previous intervention. Sixty patients (43.5%) had associated complicating factors like urethrocutaneous fistula, rectourethral fistula, vesical calculus, blind tract and cavities, bony deformity, or urinary tract infection.

RESULTS: The mean operative time was 92 min (range 60-240). Average follow-up was 26.7 months (range 6-60). One hundred and fourteen (82.6%) had excellent outcome, 18 (13%) had acceptable outcome and 6 (4.3%) failed to respond. Seventeen patients developed complications: 5 developed wound infection, 3 epididymorchitis, 2 failed to void, 2 each had incontinence and perineal hematoma, and 1 each had erectile dysfunction, accidentally pulled his catheter out and had urethrocutaneous fistula.

CONCLUSION: End-to-end urethroplasty is an ideal procedure for managing strictures of bulbous and posterior urethra in properly selected cases.

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