Treatment of stress urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy: adjustable transobturator male system - results of a multicenter prospective observational study

Hoda, M.R.; Primus, G.; Schumann, A.; Fischereder, K.; von Heyden, B.; Schmid, N.; Moll, V.; Hamza, A.; Karsch, J.J.; Steinbach, F.; Brössner, C.; Bauer, W.; Fornara, P.

Der Urologe. Ausg. a 51(11): 1576-1583

2012


ISSN/ISBN: 1433-0563
PMID: 22836942
DOI: 10.1007/s00120-012-2950-2
Accession: 056679473

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Abstract
The adjustable transobturator male system (ATOMS®) is a new method for the treatment of male stress urinary incontinence. This article presents the results of a prospective multicenter observational study with this system. Between March 2009 and March 2011 a total of 124 patients with persistent stress urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy received the ATOMS system. Postoperative adjustments via the implanted port chamber were performed after 6 weeks and thereafter when necessary. Postoperative evaluation consisted of medical history, mictionary protocol, 24-h pad tests, 24-h pad counts and sonography. The mean age of the patients was 71.2 ± 5.5 years (range 58-85 years). Previous incontinence surgery had been carried out in 36.3% of patients while 34.5% of patients had a previous history of radiation treatment. The mean operation time was 48.3 ± 11.2 min (range 36-116 min) and the mean hospital stay was 3.8 ± 1.2 days (range 2-6 days). No intraoperative urethral or bladder injuries occurred. After removal of the transurethral catheter on the first postoperative day, temporary urinary retention occurred in 3 patients who were conservatively treated. Transient perineal/scrotal pain or dysesthesia was observed in 75 patients (60.5%) and resolved after 3-4 weeks of non-opioid analgesics. There were no perineal infections; however, infections at the port site occurred in 3 patients (2.4%) leading to explantation of the system in all cases. The average number of adjustments to achieve the desired result was 4.3 ± 1.8 (range 2-7). After a mean follow-up of 19.1 ± 2.2 months (range 12-36 months), there was a significant reduction in the mean number of pads/24 h from 8.8 to 1.8 (p<0.001). The overall success rate was 93.8% with 61.6% of the patients being dry and 32.2% of the patients showing improvement. The results of the study demonstrate the safety and efficacy to date of the ATOMS system for treatment of stress urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy.

Treatment of stress urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy: adjustable transobturator male system - results of a multicenter prospective observational study