Treatment Discrepancy for Pelvic Fracture Patients With Urethral Injuries: A Survey of Orthopaedic and Urologic Surgeons

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In patients with traumatic pelvic fracture urethral injuries (PFUI), the interaction between urethral management and orthopaedic decision making remains unknown. We aimed to survey orthopaedic and urologic surgeons to assess interdisciplinary interactions in the management of PFUI.
An anonymous cross-sectional survey of members of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (GURS) was conducted between September 2017 and August 2018. Participants were queried regarding the impact of urethral injuries and their management on orthopaedic operative decision making.
Fifty-three GURS and 64 OTA members responded (17% response rate). For urethral injury management, 73% of OTA respondents preferred that suprapubic tubes (SPTs) were not placed for urethral injury management, whereas 43% of GURS respondents preferred SPTs (P = 0.08). Ninety-two percent of OTA respondents stated that SPTs increase hardware infection risks in patients undergoing pelvic open reduction with internal fixation (ORIF), whereas only 8% of GURS respondents agreed (P