Current Urology Reports

, 19:75 | Cite as

Voiding Dysfunction After Non-urologic Pelvic Surgery

  • Felix Cheung
  • Jaspreet S. SandhuEmail author
Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms & Voiding Dysfunction (J Sandhu, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms & Voiding Dysfunction


Purpose of Review

Urinary dysfunction is a common entity in patients undergoing radical pelvic surgery for non-urologic malignancies. These dysfunctions may manifest as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) or signs such as urinary retention or leakage. Review of current literature is performed to describe the differing urinary dysfunctions that manifest after colorectal resection, hysterectomy, and sacrectomy.

Recent Findings

Conventional radical surgery for pelvic malignancies often will result in debilitating functional problems. As advances in surgical techniques and management options become more available, patients can have better functional outcomes, specifically in the lower urinary tract. Nerve-sparing techniques as well as vascular preservation are becoming more important to preserve function as patient survival is improving. Additionally, newer methods are being explored, such as nerve stimulation for those who are unable to empty adequately. This article also addresses different management options for specific voiding dysfunction that may result from pelvic surgery.


Preventative strategies such as nerve preservation during surgery are an important concept to prevent urinary dysfunction. The goal to good functional outcomes includes maintaining reservoir compliance and capacity as well as allowing proper outlet for voiding. We discuss different modalities to help achieve a functional lower urinary tract for patients with lower urinary tract dysfunction after pelvic surgery.


Lower urinary tract dysfunction Incontinence Urinary retention Colorectal surgery Hysterectomy Sacrectomy Nerve-sparing surgery 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Felix Cheung declares no potential conflicts of interest.

Jaspreet Sandhu reports personal fees from Boston Scientific, outside the submitted work and is a section editor for Current Urology Reports.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyNYU Winthrop UniversityMineolaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Urology ServiceMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of UrologyWeil Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

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