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Distal hypospadias repair in infants without a postoperative stent

David J Chalmers, Georgette L Siparsky, Cole A Wiedel, Duncan T Wilcox
Pediatric Surgery International 2015, 31 (3): 287-90
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PURPOSE: To review our experience with infants undergoing distal hypospadias repair without a postoperative stent to determine if an unacceptable complication rate might justify its use.

METHODS: Children <1 year of age who underwent distal hypospadias repair by a single surgeon were identified through a prospectively maintained database. The use of a postoperative urethral stent was recorded for each case. Demographics, meatus position, operative technique and complications were also recorded. Patients older than 1 year or with hypospadias proximal to a subcoronal position were excluded.

RESULTS: Eighty-nine patients without a stent were identified in addition to 21 patients who had a stent for a minimum of 3 days. At 3 months follow-up, 4/89 (4.49 %) patients in the stentless group required circumcision revision. 1 patient experienced urinary retention. 1/21 (4.76 %) patients with a postoperative stent required reoperation for meatal stenosis.

CONCLUSIONS: The complication rate for infants undergoing distal hypospadias repair is low, does not appear to be significantly increased by forgoing a postoperative urethral stent. Avoiding a stent likely reduces a variety of associated adverse events and needs for short-term follow-up.

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