Short-term Complication Rates Following Anterior Urethroplasty: An Analysis of National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Data

John M. Lacy, Ramiro J. Madden-Fuentes, Adam Dugan, Andrew C. Peterson, Shubham Gupta

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Objective To determine the characteristics and predictors of perioperative complications after male anterior urethroplasty. Materials and Methods The American College of Surgeons-National Surgical Quality Improvement Program is a validated outcomes-based program comprising academic and community hospitals in the United States and Canada. Data from 2007 to 2015 were queried for single-stage anterior urethroplasty using Current Procedure Terminology codes. The primary outcome was frequency of complications within the 30-day postoperative period. Preoperative and intraoperative parameters were correlated with morbidity measures, and univariate and multivariate regression analyses were used. Results A total of 555 patients underwent anterior urethroplasty, of whom 180 (32.4%) had graft or flap placement. Of the patients, 127 (22.9%) went home the same day after surgery, 255 (45.9%) stayed for 1 night, and 173 (31.2%) stayed for 2 or more nights. No deaths, cardiovascular complications, or sepsis were noted. Forty-seven patients (8.5%) had complications in the 30-day period. The most common complications were infection (57.4%), readmission (42.9%), and return to the operating room (17%). On univariate analysis, patients who had substitution urethroplasty (P =.04) and longer operative times (P =.002) were more likely to have complications, but only longer operative time showed significance on multivariate analysis (P =.006). Age, American Society of Anesthesiologists score, and length of stay were not predictive of complication frequency. Conclusion Anterior urethroplasty has low postoperative morbidity. Longer operative times were associated with increased rate of complications. Longer hospital stay after surgery is not protective against perioperative complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-202
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Jan 2018

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