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Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstruction of the genitourinary tract in adults becomes necessary when normal function of one or more of its components are impaired. In the United States, genitourinary reconstruction is typically necessary as a result of general trauma or tissue damage that occurs following cancer treatment, specifically surgical and radiation treatment for prostate cancer.

Conditions we treat within this category include:

  • Genitourinary trauma
  • Ureteropelvic junction obstruction
  • Urethral strictures
  • Urinary fistulas


Our faculty are actively conducting research to develop new urethroplasty techniques as well as leading quality improvement projects improve excellence in surgical outcomes.

Selected Publications

Ureteral Rest is Associated With Improved Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Robotic Ureteral Reconstruction of Proximal and Middle Ureteral Strictures. Lee Z, Lee M, Lee R, Koster H, Cheng N, Siev M, Jun M, Munver R, Ahmed M, Zhao LC, Stifelman MD, Eun DD, Collaborative of Reconstructive Robotic Ureteral Surgery (CORRUS). Urology. 2021 Jun; 152: 160-166.

A Multi-Institutional Experience With Robotic Ureteroplasty With Buccal Mucosa Graft: An Updated Analysis of Intermediate-Term Outcomes. Lee Z, Lee M, Koster H, Lee R, Cheng N, Jun M, Slawin J, Zhao LC, Stifelman MD, Eun DD, Collaborative of Reconstructive Robotic Ureteral Surgery (CORRUS) Urology. 2021 Jan; 147: 306-310.

Revisiting the penoscrotal approach to artificial urinary sphincter surgery: how does it compare to a perineal incision for initial implantation? Staniorski CJ, Singal A, Nettey O, Yura E, Keeter MK, Kielb S, Hofer MD. World J Urol. 2020 May 21.

Prolapse repair with and without apical resuspension-Practice patterns among certifying American 

Use of Bowel in Reconstructive Urology: What a Colorectal Surgeon Should Know. Morrison CD, Kielb SJ. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2017 Jul;30(3):207-214


 Patient Care

The Department of Urology at Northwestern University continues to stand at the forefront of the field of genitourinary reconstruction with cutting-edge techniques and world-class reconstructive surgeons, including Ziho Lee, MD. Dr. Lee completed a fellowship in genitourinary reconstructive surgery in trauma as well as a fellowship in advanced robotic urologic oncology and reconstruction. 

Specialty Chief

Stephanie KielbStephanie Kielb, MD
Chief of Reconstruction and Neurourology in the Department of Urology
Associate Professor of Urology, Medical Education and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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