Iatrogenic rectal injury during radical prostatectomy: Is colostomy inevitable end? Radikal prostatektomi esnasında rektal yaralanma: Kolostomi kaçınılmaz son mu?

Topaktaş R., Erdem M. R., Polat E. C., Ersöz C., Önol Ş. Y.

Journal of Clinical and Analytical Medicine, vol.7, no.3, 2016 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.4328/jcam.3419
  • Journal Name: Journal of Clinical and Analytical Medicine
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Keywords: Prostatectomy, Rectal Injury, Intraoperative Complication
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Aim: Radical prostatectomy (RP) is the gold standard treatment method for localized prostate cancer, because of its high oncological success. Iatrogenic rectal injury (IRI) during RP is rarely seen, but it may causes serious complications because of the close anatomic relationship between the prostate and rectum. Aim is to present our series about management of IRI without colostomy. Material and Method: Between June 1999 and June 2013, radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP) was performed to 372 patients by a single surgeon. 10 cases (%2,6) were complicated by a rectal injury during RRP. Instant rectal closure was performed in 3 layers without a diverting colostomy, at the time of surgery. Omental vascular flap was placed between rectum and vesicourethral anastomosis. Results: The clinical stages of IRI cases were T1c, T2a and T2c in 2, 3 and 5 patients, respectively. Their preoperative Gleason scores were 6, 7 and 8 in 3, 5 and 2 patient, respectively. None of the 10 had undergone previous prostatic or rectal surgery, or received preoperative radiotherapy or hormonal therapy. Discussion: Instant diagnosis and rectal wall closures by three layers are essential for successful repair. Our technique seems as a safe, minimal invasive and highly effective option for the management of IRI.