A modified technique for the surgical correction of urethral diverticula using a porcine xenograft

Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2009 Jan;20(1):117-20. doi: 10.1007/s00192-008-0675-y. Epub 2008 Jul 5.


We report a case of urethral diverticulectomy re-enforced with a porcine xenograft to prevent the risk of recurrence or fistula in the presence of a large urethral communication. The use of porcine small intestinal submucosal xenograft (SIS, Surgisis, Cook, Ireland) material has a low graft rejection rate and erosion is rare as the material is degraded after 3 to 6 months. In this case, xenograft achieved tension-free closure of the urethral defect without any postoperative complications.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Diverticulum / diagnosis
  • Diverticulum / surgery*
  • Female
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Humans
  • Intestine, Small / transplantation*
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Swine
  • Transplantation, Heterologous
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urethral Diseases / diagnosis
  • Urethral Diseases / surgery*