• M Arshad
  • Shahzad S. Shah
  • Muhammad H. Abbasi


Background: As surgeons working in a developing country, we decided to review our experiencewith polyurethane stents instead of the more expensive ones on common urological proceduresand analyzing our experience with respect to their usefulness versus their problems and outcome.Methods: This stusy was carried out at Armed Forces Institute of Urology, Rawalpindi andCombined Military Hospital, Kharian Cantonment, Pakistan through March 2002 through May2004. During this period 342 of patients were operated requiring stent and 220 patients out ofthese had polyurethane as stent material for different urological operations. Results: Among the220 patients who underwent polyurethane stenting, early complications included fever, infection,voiding symptoms while stent migration, encrustation and stent stiffness was encountered as latercomplications. Conclusion: The benefits of Polyurethane stents are its strength, versatility andlow cost. Poor biodurability and biocompatibility only limit its use; these are reasonably effectivein our setup but should only be used for short duration.Key words: Urology Stents, Polyurethane, Complications.


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