A 1.5 cm. tubularized neourethra was formed using an anterior bladder flap as part of bladder neck reconstruction after radical retropubic prostatectomy in 69 consecutive patients with clinically localized prostate cancer (study group). Postoperative continence (defined as requiring no protection for any activity) was assessed by history at 3 months (all men) and 6 months (45 of 69 men). Continence in the study group was compared to that of 45 men with 6 months of followup who underwent radical retropubic prostatectomy without tubularization of the anterior bladder (control group). At 3 months 38 of 69 men (55%) were continent in the study group and 14 of 45 (31%) were continent in the control group (p < 0.03). At 6 months 39 of 45 men (87%) were continent in the study group compared to 21 of 45 (47%) in the control group (p < 0.01). Upright cystograms performed on men with and without the tubularized neourethra after radical retropubic prostatectomy suggest that a neourethra proximal to the external sphincter may increase resistance in this area and result in early return of urinary control in men undergoing radical retropubic prostatectomy.
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