Kutlay technique for hypospadias repair
Although many techniques have been described, new techniques with a wide range of therapeutic options are needed. The Kutlay technique is a novel technique that is based on the reconstruction of the neourethra with two horizontal meatal-based skin flaps. In the present study, the data of 31 patients who underwent surgery with the Kutlay technique are presented.
Patients and methods
Thirty-one patients with hypospadias with an average age of 5.6 years who did not have previous hypospadias repair were operated on with the Kutlay technique. Ten patients had chordee. Among those patients, three patients were circumcised.
The patients were followed up for 4–13 months (average, 9.3 months). During the follow-up period, a fistula was observed in only one patient. None of the patients developed neourethral dehiscence, meatal stenosis, urethral stricture, wound infection, penile torsion, hematoma, or persistent or recurrent chordee. On uroflowmetry studies, the maximum flow rate of the patients was approximately 10.5 ml/s (range, 6–17 ml/s). The patients were observed to void with a single straight urinary stream in a forward direction.
The Kutlay technique is a technique that is easily applied in patients with chordee and that provides a low risk of fistulas and acceptable functional and esthetic results. The factors that reduce the risk of fistula are the lack of the superposition of the suture lines of the skin and the urethra, the reconstruction of the urethra with well-vascularized flaps, and the replacement of the neourethra in its appropriate location through the tunnel created in the glans.