- To assess the histologic findings in the pubic bone resected during extirpative surgery for urinary pubic symphysis fistula (UPF). The concurrent presence of osteomyelitis and the need for bone resection at time of extirpative surgery for UPF has been debated. We hypothesized that UPF results in histopathologically confirmed osteomyelitis, underscoring the importance of bone resection at the time of surgery.
- To examine the infectious features of patients with urinary pubic symphysis fistula (UPF) and their association with osteomyelitis.
- To compare the length of the membranous (functional) urethra in male patients who underwent the male transobturator sling (TOS) for postradical prostatectomy urinary incontinence (PPI). The TOS is in established use for treatment of PPI; however, the precise mechanism of action is unknown.
- To describe the dramatic and rapid unmasking of urinary-pubic symphysis fistula (UPF) and chronic osteomyelitis after artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) implantation. This has never been reported as UPF is usually an insidious sequelae of radiotherapy or energy ablation for prostate cancer.