Objectives: To investigate the safety, efficacy, and versatility of dorsolateral graft urethroplasty using penile skin.
Materials and methods: Between 2010 and 2013, 37 men with anterior urethral strictures underwent dorsolateral graft urethroplasty using penile skin by a single surgeon (EP). Inclusion criterion was patients with anterior urethral strictures. Exclusion criteria were lichen sclerosus-related strictures, absence of available penile skin because of previous surgery, and obliterative urethral strictures. Clinical outcome was considered a failure when any postoperative instrumentation was needed, including dilatation.
Results: Mean (± standard deviation) patients age was 51 (±15.4) years. Stricture etiology was iatrogenic in 25 cases (67%), unknown in 10 (27%), trauma in 2 (6%). Stricture site was penile in 21 (57%) and peno-bulbar in 16 (43%). Median (range) stricture length was 5 cm (1-15). Of 37 patients, 30 (81%) had received previous treatments. Median (range) follow-up was 21 months (12-47). Of 37 patients, 34 (92%) had successful treatment and 3 (8%) had failed treatment. The 3 patients with failed treatment were treated with urethrostomy and are awaiting further reconstruction. Study limitations include the small sample size and the limited follow-up.
Conclusion: With a mid-term follow-up time, the dorsolateral graft urethroplasty using penile skin is shown to be a safe, efficient, and versatile technique for the repair of short-mid-long anterior urethral strictures.
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