A buccal mucosal harvesting technique for urethral reconstruction

Barry L. Eppley, Michael Keating, Richard Rink

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Purpose: A step-by-step harvesting technique for buccal mucosa is described that maximizes graft yield while minimizing potential donor site morbidity in urethral reconstruction. Materials and Methods: A specialized oral retractor was used to expose and retract the buccal mucosal lining of the oral cavity for graft harvesting in 12 patients. Results: Adequate buccal mucosal graft size was obtained for each reconstruction. There were no oral donor site or urethral recipient site complications. Conclusions: This harvesting technique offers a simple and effective method for optimizing buccal mucosal graft harvests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1268-1270
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1997


  • cheek
  • tissue transplantation
  • urethra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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