Interposition nerve grafting during radical prostatectomy: cumulative review and critical appraisal of literature

Urology. 2009 Aug;74(2):245-50. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2008.12.059. Epub 2009 May 9.


In 1997, the first report of sural nerve interposition grafting during radical prostatectomy was published in Urology. The favorable findings in this initial pilot study generated numerous follow-up reports that have demonstrated conflicting and contradictory outcomes. Certainly, controversy exists regarding the true benefit of nerve grafting. This review will objectively and critically summarize the salient literature, discuss evolving techniques, and offer insight into the future of interposition grafting in the current era of clinically localized prostate cancer and robotic prostatectomy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Male
  • Penile Erection
  • Prostatectomy / methods*
  • Robotics
  • Sural Nerve / transplantation*
  • Tissue and Organ Harvesting / methods