Almost all studies on balloon dilatation report an initial success rate of 100% [1, 43, 53, 64, 79, 100]. The number of patients involved, however, was in all studies under ten, with the exception of one case of more than 40 . The main complications were burst balloon catheters. Acute or chronic cases of morbidity did not occur in any of the research groups.
The main point for criticism of these studies is that no long-term results are available. Although Daugherty describes some patients who did not have any relapses over a 4-year period, other urologists only found a success rate of 60% in a 12-month follow-up .
Ramchandani et al. describe this method as an alternative for treatment of anastomotic strictures after radical prostatectomy . They report a success rate of 59% (16/27). There was no occurrence of incontinence among these patients.
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