Bulbar urethroplasty: Transecting vs. nontransecting techniques

Guido Barbagli, Salvatore Sansalone, Giuseppe Romano, Massimo Lazzeri

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To transect or not to transect the bulbar urethra in nontraumatic urethral strictures still remains an issue that is open to debate. Herewith, we evaluate and compare the results of these two different options in the treatment of bulbar urethral strictures. RECENT FINDINGS: In 404 patients, bulbar urethroplasty using transecting techniques (end-to-end anastomosis and augmented anastomotic repair) provided a success rate ranging from 90 to 98.6%. In 522 patients, bulbar urethroplasty using nontransecting techniques (nontransecting anastomotic urethroplasty and simple oral grafting techniques) provided approximately the same success rate, ranging from 81.8 to 100%. SUMMARY: Future studies, including more homogenous series of patients and subjective evaluation of urinary and sexual complications after repair, are necessary to surely establish the gold standard of treatment for nontraumatic strictures located in the proximal bulbar urethra.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-477
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Opinion in Urology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


  • augmented anastomotic repair
  • bulbar urethra
  • end-to-end anastomosis
  • oral mucosal graft urethroplasty
  • urethral stricture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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