Outcomes of revision surgery for difficult to catheterize continent channels in a multi-institutional cohort of adults

Travis J. Pagliara, Ronak A. Gor, Daniel Liberman, Jeremy B. Myers, Patrik Luzny, John T. Stoffel, Sean P. Elliott, on behalf of the Neurogenic Bladder Research Group


Introduction: We aimed to describe the strategies of surgical revision for catheterizable channel obstruction and their outcomes, including restenosis and new channel incontinence.

Methods: We retrospectively queried the charts of adults who underwent catheterizable channel revision or replacement from 2000‒2014 for stomal stenosis, channel obstruction, or difficulty with catheterization at the Universities of Minnesota, Michigan, and Utah. The primary endpoint was channel patency as measured by freedom from repeat surgical intervention. Secondary endpoints included post-revision incontinence and complication rates. Revision surgeries were classified by strategy into “above fascia,” “below fascia,” and “channel replacement” groupings.

Results: A total of 51 patients who underwent 68 repairs (age 18‒82 years old; mean 45) were identified who met our inclusion criteria. Channel patency was achieved in 66% at a median 19 months post-revision for all repair types. There was no difference in patency by the type of channel being revised, but there was based on revision technique, with channel replacement and above the fascia repairs being more successful (p=0.046). Channel incontinence occurred in 40% and was moderate to severe in 12%. The type of channel being revised was strongly associated (p=0.003) with any postoperative channel incontinence. Surgical complications occurred in 29% of all revision procedures, although most were low-grade.

Conclusions: Surgical revision of continent catheterizable channels for channel obstruction can be performed with acceptable rates of durable patency and incontinence; however, the surgeon needs to have experience in complex urinary diversion and familiarity with a variety of surgical revision strategies.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5489/cuaj.4656