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Stent-free tubularized incised plate (TIP) repair of distal and mid-shaft hypospadias irrespective of age

S Turial, J Enders, V Engel, F Schier
European Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2011, 21 (3): 168-70
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PURPOSE: Aim of this study was to report our experiences with tubularized incised plate (TIP) repair without placement of a postoperative urethral stent in 41 cases.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Since October 2005, we have performed TIP repair for distal penile hypospadias without using a postoperative urethral stent. A urethral stent is used intraoperatively for the tubularization of the neourethra and is removed at the end of the procedure. Follow-up included clinical examination and a structured telephone interview on parental satisfaction.

RESULTS: The group included 41 boys, 60% with coronal or distal hypospadias and 40% with mid-shaft hypospadias (aged 6 months to 16 years, median: 3 years). In 7 cases, the prepuce was also reconstructed. There were 2 cases with fistula and one case of meatal stenosis. No glans dehiscence, severe bleeding, or wound infection was observed. No urinary retention requiring catheterization was observed, irrespective of age. All but one patient was discharged the day after surgery. Follow-up ranged from 8 to 48 months (average: 22 months). Most parents (87.5%) were satisfied or very satisfied.

CONCLUSION: Based on our preliminary experiences, patient comfort and safety, parental satisfaction and the rate of complications seem to be promising with this technique.

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