Female Urethroplasty With Dorsal Onlay Labia Minora Graft: Technical Details and Initial Results

Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 Sep 1;27(9):560-563. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000976.


Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the functional results of dorsal onlay labia minora graft urethroplasty in the treatment of female urethral strictures.

Materials and methods: Data were retrospectively examined for 13 patients who underwent augmentation urethroplasty through the dorsal approach using labia minora grafts between September 2017 and January 2019. Demographic, intraoperative, and postoperative data and follow-up conditions were recorded for all patients.

Results: The mean age of the patients was calculated as 48.2±7 years. The etiology of urethral strictures was found to be trauma in 2 patients, iatrogenic in 4 patients, and idiopathic causes in 7 patients. The mean urethral stricture length of the patients was 1.5±0.4 cm (range, 1-2.5 cm). The mean surgical duration was 95±11.4 minutes (range, 70-110 minutes). The mean postoperative American Urology Association symptom score, maximum urine flow rate, and postmictional residue values were statistically significantly different compared with preoperative data (P < 0.05). No peroperative and postoperative complications were detected in any patients. The mean follow-up duration of the patients was 19±5.3 months, and no recurrence of stricture was observed in any patients based on the cystourethroscopic examinations. All patients are being followed up in our clinic without any stricture recurrence or symptoms.

Conclusions: The dorsal onlay labia minora graft urethroplasty technique in female urethral strictures is an efficient and applicable method with postoperative anatomic and functional results. Studies with longer follow-up periods and larger patient populations are required to present the success and reliability of this technique.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mouth Mucosa*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urethra / surgery
  • Urologic Surgical Procedures, Male*