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Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2009 Jan;20(1):117-20. doi: 10.1007/s00192-008-0675-y. Epub 2008 Jul 5.

A modified technique for the surgical correction of urethral diverticula using a porcine xenograft.

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Department of Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and Urogynaecology, 4th Floor Lanesborough Wing, St. George's Hospital, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0RE, UK.


We report a case of urethral diverticulectomy re-enforced with a porcine xenograft to prevent the risk of recurrence or fistula in the presence of a large urethral communication. The use of porcine small intestinal submucosal xenograft (SIS, Surgisis, Cook, Ireland) material has a low graft rejection rate and erosion is rare as the material is degraded after 3 to 6 months. In this case, xenograft achieved tension-free closure of the urethral defect without any postoperative complications.

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