Two techniques of laparoscopic retropubic urethropexy

Fulvio Zullo, Michele Morelli, Tiziana Russo, Domenico Iuzzolino, Stefano Palomba

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Study Objective. To compare two techniques of transperitoneal laparoscopic urethropexy. Design. Prospective, randomized, open trial (Canadian Task Force classification I). Setting. University-affiliated department of gynecology and obstetrics. Patients. Sixty women with genuine stress incontinence. Interventions. Transperitoneal laparoscopic retropubic urethropexy using nonabsorbable sutures (group A) and polypropylene mesh fixed with tacks or staples (group B). Measurements and Main Results. Failure was assessed subjectively and objectively. Subjective evaluation was performed asking patients if they had urine loss and having them describe symptomatology on a visual analog scale before surgery and at each follow-up visit. Objective evaluation was by clinical examination and/or multichannel urodynamic studies. No significant differences in intraoperative and postoperative complications were observed between groups. The subjective failure rate was not significantly different between groups 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery. At 3 and 6 months the objective failure rate was not significantly different; however, at 12 months it was significantly lower in group A than in group B. Conclusion. Transperitoneal laparoscopic retropubic urethropexy is more effective with sutures than with mesh.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-181
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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