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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute
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Genitourinary Reconstruction

Reconstruction of the genitourinary tract is necessary when normal function of one or more of its components are impaired. One of the most common scenarios necessitating genitourinary reconstruction is tissue damage that occurs following cancer treatment, specifically surgical and radiation treatment for prostate cancer.

Research estimates that up to 11 percent of patients undergoing radiation for prostate cancer will encounter radiation-induced strictures in addition to 3 to 25 percent of prostatectomy patients. Urethral strictures result in approximately 5,000 inpatient visits annually and may result in significant deterioration of quality of life if left untreated. Surgery is the only proven treatment for urinary stricture disease, with success rates of greater than 95 percent in experienced academic centers like Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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