Vol. 42 (2): 351-355, March – April, 2016
The long-term results of temporary urethral stent placement for the treatment of recurrent bulber urethral stricture disease
Gokhan Temeltas 1, Oktay Ucer 1, Mehmet Bilgehan Yuksel 1, Bilal Gumus 1, Volkan Tatli 1, Talha Muezzinoglu 1
1 Department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine – Celal Bayar University, Manisa, Turkey
Aim: To evaluate the long term outcomes of temporary urethral stent placement for the treatment of recurrent bulbar urethral stricture.
Materials and Methods: Twenty-eight patients who underwent temporary polymer coated urethral stent placement due to recurrent bulbar urethral stricture between 2010 and 2014 were enrolled in the study. The long term outcomes of the patients were analyzed.
Results: The mean age of the patients was 62.3±6.4 (44-81). The overall clinical success was achieved in 18 (64.2%) of the 28 patients at a median (range) follow-up of 29 (7–46) months. No patient reported discomfort at the stent site. Stone formation was observed at the urethral stent implantation area only in one patient. Stenosis occurred in the distal end of the stents in two patients and took place in bulbar urethra in seven patients after removed the stents. The mean maximum urine flow rates were 6.24±2.81mL/sec and 19.12±4.31mL/sec before and at 3 months after the procedure, respectively.
Conclusion: In this study, the success rate of temporary urethral stent placement has remained at 64.2% at a median follow-up of 29 months. Therefore, our outcomes have not achieved desired success rate for the standard treatment of recurrent bulbar urethral stricture.
Keywords: Urethral Stricture; Stents; Disease; Therapeutics