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J Urol. 2002 Dec;168(6):2464-6.

Salvage procedure for infected noneroded artificial urinary sphincters.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, USA.



We report our experience with removal, antiseptic irrigation and immediate reimplantation of infected noneroded artificial urinary sphincters.


From April 1996 to October 2000, 8 patients with an infected artificial urinary sphincter underwent a total of 9 salvage operations. All patients underwent cystoscopy before salvage to ensure nonerosion of the sphincter cuff. All previously implanted material was removed, the wounds were copiously irrigated according to a 7 solution protocol and an identical new system was implanted. All patients were discharged home the following morning on oral antibiotics.


Followup was 5 to 66 months (mean 33). The predominant organisms cultured at salvage were gram-positive cocci. Time from implantation to salvage was from 2 weeks to 64 months (mean 13.7 months). Prostatectomy was the etiology of incontinence in all except 1 case. In 5 of the 8 men a double cuff system was placed and 3 underwent concurrent 3-piece inflatable penile prosthesis salvage. The salvage procedure was done twice in 1 patient 5 months apart. The system was removed 16 months later secondary to urethral erosion. At the most recent followup the other 7 patients were free of infection with a functioning artificial urinary sphincter.


Salvage and immediate reimplantation of an infected, noneroded single or double cuff artificial urinary sphincter appears to be a valid option. Our overall success rate was 87%. The usual offending organisms are gram-positive skin flora. An associated inflatable penile prosthesis does not prohibit simultaneous salvage of the 2 devices.

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