Tension-free vaginal tape: Analysis of outcomes and complications in 404 stress incontinent women

M. Meschia, P. Pifarotti, F. Bernasconi, E. Guercio, M. Maffiolini, F. Magatti, L. Spreafico

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Abstract

The aim of this prospective multicenter study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) for the surgical treatment of female stress incontinence. Four hundred and four women underwent the TVT procedure. Their mean age was 57 years (range 31-83). The median follow-up time was 21 months (range 12-35). The subjective and objective cure rates were 92% and 90%, respectively. Another 4% of the women were significantly improved by the procedure. Intra- and postoperative complications were few and included uneventful bladder perforations (6%), retropubic bleeding requiring surgery (0.5%), voiding difficulties (4%) in the postoperative course, and one obturator nerve injury. We conclude that the TVT procedure is associated with a high cure rate and a low morbidity.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Volume12
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Genital prolapse
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • TVT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Urology

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