Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2003; 16(1): 013-018
DOI: 10.1055/s-2003-39033
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Voiding Dysfunction after Pelvic Surgery

Mazen M. Abdelhady, Magdy M. Hassouna
  • Department of Urology, Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Publication Date:
07 May 2003 (online)


Chronic pelvic pain is a challenging disease with different presenting symptoms, which may include voiding dysfunction, urine retention, constipation, dyschezia, and/or dyspareunia. This article reviews the surgical anatomy of the pelvic nervous system and describes the theories proposed to explain the pathophysiology of pelvic pain syndrome. We also provide an overview of the causes of voiding dysfunction after pelvic surgery and the preventive and treatment modalities for postoperative pelvic pain.


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