Extravesical implantation of a continent catheterizable channel

Brian A. Vanderbrink, Martin Kaefer, Mark P. Cain, Kirstan K. Meldrum, Rosalia Misseri, Richard C. Rink

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Purpose: Extravesical ureteral reimplantation provides results equivalent to those of the open technique with the advantage of less postoperative morbidity from a large cystotomy. Surgical series describing the technique and efficacy of extravesical implantation of continent catheterizable channel are lacking. We reviewed our results to determine the efficacy of this technique with an emphasis on continence and the need for revision. Materials and Methods: We reviewed the records of 394 patients who underwent a bladder continent catheterizable channel procedure from 1999 to 2009. Operative records describing an extravesical technique were noted. Briefly, a 3 to 6 cm incision is made in the detrusor and seromuscular flaps are created. The continent catheterizable channel is laid in the tunnel and the flaps are brought anterior to the channel and sutured to each other. Fixation of the bladder wall to the abdominal wall preserves tunnel length and minimizes the risk of angulation. The type of continent catheterizable channel, stomal continence and the need for revision were recorded. Results: The extravesical implantation technique of a continent catheterizable channel was done in 84 of 394 patients (21%). The channel was an appendix in 47 cases and Monti ileovesicostomy in 37. Stomal continence was achieved in 79 of 84 cases (94%). At a mean followup of 45 months 22 patients (26%) required a total of 30 surgical revisions, of which most were skin level or endoscopic procedures at a mean of 26 months after channel creation. Conclusions: The extravesical technique for continent catheterizable channel implantation is effective. If intravesical surgery is not necessary, avoidance of a large cystotomy and longer operative time may expedite postoperative recovery when using an extravesical implantation technique to create a continent catheterizable channel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2572-2575
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number6 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011


  • appendix
  • catheterization
  • transplantation
  • urinary bladder
  • urinary continence

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  • Urology

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    Vanderbrink, B. A., Kaefer, M., Cain, M. P., Meldrum, K. K., Misseri, R., & Rink, R. C. (2011). Extravesical implantation of a continent catheterizable channel. Journal of Urology, 185(6 SUPPL.), 2572-2575. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.juro.2011.01.027