The effect of suturing technique and material on complication rate following hypospadias repair

Ulman I. , Erikci V., Avanoglu A., Gokdemir A.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY, vol.7, no.3, pp.156-157, 1997 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Doi Number: 10.1055/s-2008-1071079
  • Page Numbers: pp.156-157
  • Keywords: hypospadias, complications, suture material, polydioxanone, polyglactine, DISTAL HYPOSPADIAS, POLYDIOXANONE


Ninety-seven children with distal hypospadias were treated surgically using perimeatal-based flap urethroplasty (Mathieu procedure) in a two and a half years period. A review of the medical records revealed two distinct groups of patients according to the suturing type and suture material. In the first group of 36 patients (group I), neourethra was constructed using 6/0 polyglactine (Vicryl(R)) in a single layer, full-thickness, uninterrupted fashion. Skin flaps were approximated using interrupted simple 5/0 polyglactine (Vicryl(R)) sutures. In the second group of 61 patients (group II), 7/0 polydioxanone (PDS(R)) was used in the urethral anastomosis performed in a subcuticular, uninterrupted fashion. The skin flaps were closed using interrupted simple 5/0 rapidly absorbable polyglactine (Rapid Vicryl(R)) sutures. Patients were followed-up from 6 to 12 months. Urethral or meatal stenosis was not observed in any patient. There was no infectious complication. Urethrocutaneous fistula rate was significantly higher in group I (16.6%) compared to group II (4.9%) (p < 0.01). Complication rate following hypospadias repair can be reduced by the use of a subcutaneous suture technique utilizing polydioxanone suture material in urethroplasties.