Current management of pelvic fracture urethral injuries: to realign or not?

Ashley N. Dixon, Jack C. Webb, Jessica L. Wenzel, J. Stuart Wolf Jr, E. Charles Osterberg


The acute management of pelvic fracture urethral injuries (PFUIs) remains a controversial topic. Currently, suprapubic tube (SPT) placement with delayed repair or primary realignment (PR) represents the strategies used to treat patients. While many will advocate the use of one technique over the other, the 2014 American Urological Association (AUA) Guidelines give providers the option for the management PFUI. Current literature evaluates these two interventions, focusing on the incidence of re-stricture formation, erectile dysfunction, and urinary incontinence. Here we perform a comprehensive review of the current management for PFUI, as well as, discuss the limitations of the studies and need for more prospective studies on this debated topic.