Ralp e Rocco stitch: tecnica originale.

Translated title of the contribution: [Ralp and Rocco stitch: original technique].

Matteo Giulio Spinelli, Gabriele Cozzi, Angelica Grasso, Michele Talso, Daniela Varisco, Davide Abed El Rahman, Pietro Acquati, Giancarlo Albo, Bernardo Rocco, Augusto Maggioni, Francesco Rocco

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Incontinence and impotence are the two chief drawbacks of radical prostatectomy (RP). Incontinence is the most relevant for most of the patients, even if there is high variability in terms of prevalence and definition of continence. Incontinence seems the result of several factors, the most important being the surgical injury of some structures and the biomechanical instability associated with vesicourethral anastomosis. In the posterior urethra, which guarantees the continence mechanism, two functionally independent regions can be recognized: the proximal and the distal. The proximal region can be identified with the bladder neck, while the distal region is the rhabdosphincter urethrae. Concerning the distal functional region, two kinds of strategy can be applied: the preservation of puboprostatic ligaments and urethral attachments, or the reconstruction of the urethral rhabdosphincter, which can be anterior, posterior or total. We describe our technique of choice for posterior reconstruction, first described by Rocco and then modified by Patel et al.

Translated title of the contribution[Ralp and Rocco stitch: original technique].
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)35-38
Number of pages4
Volume78 Suppl 18
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

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