The authors stated that various factors might have influenced the postoperative continence (patient's age, prostate weight, BMI, nerve sparing, preservation of the bladder neck, sparing of the pubovesical
complex, reconstruction/preservation of the anatomical structures, urethral length, and comorbidities) .
reported 12 patients, from two centers over an 11-year period, who developed a pubovesical fistula, following treatment of prostate cancer .
Mian et al., "Pubovesical fistula: A rare complication after treatment of prostate cancer," Urology, vol.
(2) In contrast, other studies have shown that the PPL should instead be termed the pubovesical
ligaments, as the detrusor muscle runs from the urinary bladder down to the pubis as part of the ligaments.