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Non-Catheter Technique Prostatectomies

Br Med J 1972; 2 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5806.156 (Published 15 April 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;2:156

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  1. B. A. Shorey

    Abstract

    An analysis is presented of 247 retropubic prostatectomies performed under hypotensive anaesthesia using a non-catheter technique wherever possible. The mortality rate was 2% which compares favourably with other series. A catheter was not used postoperatively in 67% of the patients operated on by the consultant in charge. Even when those operated on by the registrars in training are considered well over half did not require a catheter. It is suggested that this procedure should be adopted more widely in view of its safety, lack of complications, and increased patient comfort.

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