Versatility of the adult psoas hitch ureteral reimplantation

Ranjiv Mathews, Fray F. Marshall

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Purpose: The psoas hitch ureteral reimplant has been described in the literature as an excellent method to restore ureterovesical continuity in patients with ureteral defects of various etiologies. However, long-term data on the durability of this procedure are lacking. We retrospectively reviewed patients who underwent ureteral reconstruction using the psoas hitch reimplantation to determine long-term efficacy. Materials and Methods: Ureteral reimplantation in the adult is frequently performed in the setting of ureteral tissue loss secondary to resection or injury. The psoas hitch reimplantation is a simple, versatile technique that avoids the inclusion of intestinal segments and can be used in most patients requiring reimplantation. Indications for surgery and the long-term followup were examined in 20 patients undergoing reimplantation using the psoas hitch. Results: The indications for ureteral reconstruction included surgical injury in 13 cases, recurrent pyelonephritis with reflux in 1, obstruction secondary to cancer in 2, trauma in 1, retroperitoneal fibrosis in 1 and ureteral stricture in 2. At followup of i to 14 years (mean 6) 17 patients have not required further intervention for urological problems and have retained normal renal function. In the 2 patients with cancer ileal conduit was performed later and in I flank pain persisted despite negative urological evaluation. Conclusions: Psoas hitch ureteral reimplantation can be used successfully for bridging various ureteral defects in difficult clinical situations. Adequate renal and bladder mobilization will allow reconstruction despite long ureteral defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2078-2082
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1997


  • Adult
  • Replantation
  • Ureter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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