Reconstructive urological research

Within this line of research, the 'Urology Research Group' focuses on scientific research concerning transgender surgery and urethral surgery. The data of all operations are prospectively registered in a secured database. Randomized studies for specific subjects are ongoing.

Research projects

9000 URETHRA STUDY

This project concerns the prospective follow-up of patients who undergo surgery on the urethra. This is done through clinical-technical examinations as well as through validated questionnaires before and after the operation. In this way it is possible to investigate the impact of such operations on the patient's life.

 

VeSpAR TRIAL

This project is a randomized study comparing 2 commonly used surgical techniques of anastomotic recovery of the urethra. With both techniques, the diseased piece of the urethra is removed and the healthy ends are re-attached to each other. Afterwards the patient is followed through questionnaires as well as a urethroscopy in which it is checked whether a new urethra narrowing has occurred.

 

DoVe TRIAL

This project is a randomized study in which 2 commonly used surgical techniques for repairing the urethra with a free flap are compared with each other. With both techniques the urethra is widened by a piece of mucous membrane. Afterwards the patient is followed through questionnaires as well as a urethroscopy in which it is checked whether a new urethra narrowing has occurred.

 

ZEPHYR STUDY

This project concerns the prospective follow-up of trans men where a Zephyr erection prosthesis is implanted.

Collaborations

This group collaborates closely with the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department of the University Hospital Ghent.

Publications

Questions?

  • Wesley Verla, resident in urology

+32 9 332 22 76

  • Céline Schelstraete, study coordinator

+32 9 332 22 76