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July 28, 1917

EXTERNAL URETHROTOMY AND SEMINAL VESICULOTOMY: COMBINED IN A SINGLE OPERATIVE PROCEDURE

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(4):276-278. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590310028007
Abstract

In an extensive and continuous personal experience with seminal vesiculotomy dating since 1901, complicating surgical conditions have naturally many times been encountered which tend to render the operation difficult, and in the class of cases now to be considered, existing complications were such as formerly either to bar me from performing vesiculotomy or else to force me to undertake that procedure only as a late sequel to other surgery. In early articles bearing on the surgery of the seminal vesicles, I have been careful to emphasize that it is often necessary to resort to catheterization in the after-treatment, and that consequently the urethra should be explored before operation to determine that no obstruction to the passage of a catheter exists. In cases in which catheterization has not seemed feasible, I later advocated opening the floor of the bladder between the seminal vesicles for introduction and retention of a catheter to

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