A prospective study of transobturator tape as treatment for stress urinary incontinence after transvaginal mesh repair
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Introduction and hypothesis
The transobturator suburethral sling is a common surgical treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI). In patients with incontinence after trocar-guided transvaginal mesh repair (Prolift™), data on outcome remain limited. In the present study, we hypothesized that transobturator tape in such cases is assumed to be as effective as surgery alone.
This was a prospective analysis of outcomes of transobturator slings in women who had undergone transvaginal mesh repair and in those who underwent sling surgery alone (controls). Objective cure was defined as the absence of urinary leakage during the stress test at filling cystometry and a negative cough test during pelvic examination. The success rates were evaluated 3–6 months postoperatively.
One hundred women were recruited for the study. Compared to the control group, women after transvaginal mesh repair had a significantly lower objective success rate (62 vs 86 %, p = 0.005) and poorer bladder neck mobility (0.5 ± 0.8 vs 1.1 ± 0.5 cm, p = 0.001).
The transobturator sling has lower objective success rate in women after transvaginal mesh that may be due to decreased bladder neck mobility. Patients with post-mesh repair SUI who opt for sling surgery should be informed of these less satisfactory outcomes during preoperative counseling.
KeywordsAnti-incontinence surgery Pelvic organ prolapse Transobturator suburethral tape Urinary incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence
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