Editorial - Pediatric Stone Disease

Department of Urology, Groupe Hospitalo-Universitaire EST, Pitié-Salpétrière Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Faculté de Médecine Pierre et Marie Curie, University Paris VI, Paris, France.

Suburethral tapes have been widely adopted to treat stress urinary incontinence. Further resection of such tapes may be necessary in certain cases. We review our experience and assess urinary functional outcomes.

We retrospectively reviewed the data on all women referred to our institution between 2001 and 2007 for suburethral tape related complications and on those who had the tape surgically removed. Complete or partial resection was achieved after assessment, including endoscopic and urodynamic assessment.

A total of 75 women with a mean age of 60.7 years (range 28 to 78) were included in the study. The tape used was transvaginal in 58 cases (77.3%) and transobturator in 17 (22.7%). There were different complications, such as erosion in 16% of cases, vaginal extrusion in 24%, bladder outlet obstruction in 45%, chronic pelvic pain in 21%, and de novo urinary incontinence and urgency in 12%. Resection was done a mean +/- SD of 33 +/- 22 months (range 6 to 80) after tape placement. Of the 58 women with transvaginal tape the tape was completely removed by laparoscopy in 30 (51%). Four of the 17 transobturator slings (23%) were completely removed by laparoscopy (1) and via a low gynecological approach (3). The remaining slings were partially resected via a gynecological approach. At a mean followup of 38.4 months (range 12 to 72) incontinence recurred in 39 women (52%) after partial (18) and complete (21) resection.

In rare women who experience crippling symptoms after suburethral sling implantation urologists must be aware that the decision to completely or partially resect the tape can help resolve symptoms.

Written by:
Misrai V, Rouprêt M, Xylinas E, Cour F, Vaessen C, Haertig A, Richard F, Chartier-Kastler E.   Are you the author?

Reference:
J Urol. 2009 May;181(5):2198-203.
doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2009.01.036

PubMed Abstract
PMID:19296973

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