Urethrovaginal fistula—a rare complication after the placement of a suburethral sling (IVS)
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A sixty-year-old woman with stress urinary incontinence had undergone a placement of an IVS (Tyco Health Care UK) in another hospital in February 2003. Seventeen months after the procedure, she complained about a suppurative discharge from the vagina and a recurrent severe stress urinary incontinence. The gynecological examination revealed an erosion of the sling into the vagina and a large urethrovaginal fistula bordered by granuloma. After removal of the sling, the urethrovaginal fistula was closed using a vaginal flap. A subsequent conservative treatment regime with duloxetine and pelvic floor training improved the stress urinary incontinence to the patient’s satisfaction.