Significance of tension in tension-free mid-urethral sling procedures: a preliminary study

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Paick, Jae-Seung; Oh, Jin Gyu; Shin, Jae Wook; Kim, Soo Woong; Ku, Ja Hyeon
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Springer Verlag
Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2007 Feb;18(2):153-8. Epub 2006 Apr 5.
AdultAgedFemaleFollow-Up StudiesGynecologic Surgical Procedures/methodsHumansMechanicsMiddle AgedPostoperative Complications/*surgeryReoperationSuburethral Slings/*adverse effectsTreatment FailureUrinary Incontinence, Stress/*surgeryUrinary Retention/etiology/*surgery
We report the results of the release and tape-shortening techniques in polypropylene pubovaginal slings. Of female patients who had undergone mid-urethral sling procedures [tension-free vaginal tape procedure and suburethral polypropylene (SPARC)], in cases in which postoperative retention occurred, the patients were offered release or tape cutting. Women reporting postoperative urinary incontinence underwent a tape-shortening procedure. In these patients, the tape was shortened by the use of clips. Mean follow-up time after the release and/or the shortening operations was 9.9 months (range 6-18). A total of 15 women, ranging from 41 to 75 years old (mean 58.3) were included in this study. Upon the latest follow-up, six women exhibited prolonged urinary retention and subsequently underwent a release procedure (n=5) or a tape-cutting procedure (n=1). After the release procedure, all patients remained continent, but one patient's urinary retention issues were not resolved, and she subsequently underwent a tape-cutting. Both of the patients who underwent the cutting procedure then developed recurrent stress urinary incontinence. The tape-shortening technique was conducted with nine patients. Seven of these patients recovered their continence, and no one patient experienced any urinary retention or other voiding difficulties. Two patients reported only minimal stress leakage and elected to undergo no further interventions. Our findings suggest that tension plays a substantial role in tension-free mid-urethral sling procedures.
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