A low cost artisan tension-free tape technique cures pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence - proof of concept.

The primary cause of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is weak cardinal/uterosacral (CL/USL) ligaments and for stress urinary incontinence, weak pubourethral ligaments (PUL).

A 1 cm wide tape cut from a mesh sheet was applied tension-free to reinforce already plicated CL/USLs for cure of prolapse and directly to PUL for cure of stress urinary incontinence (SUI). 40 tapes were inserted, 10 midurethrally for SUI and 30 for 2nd/3rd degree prolapse: 15 to uterosacral ligaments and 15 to cardinal ligaments.

At 12 months follow-up there was 72% cure for POP, 70% for SUI and improvement in urge/nocturia symptoms in 82% of patients.At 36 months 8/15 patients were evaluated. Anatomic cure for POP III was 2/4, for POP I-II 6/6.

Though a 'proof of concept' study, our results may be sufficient to provide, in time, an alternative individual pathway for surgeons wishing to provide more certainty to a prolapse repair than 'native tissue' for an individual patient. The method questions whether expensive mesh kits are really necessary: our data though small, actually part of a learning curve, was within 15 percentage points of more sophisticated, more expensive tensioned slings. Intraoperative complications were low with no tape erosions seen at 12 months. Further validation with larger prospective and comparative trials is required.

Central European journal of urology. 2020 Dec 03 [Epub]

Silvia Piñango-Luna, Luis Level-Córdova, Peter Emanuel Petros, Alexander Yassouridis

Department of Surgery, Dr. Miguel Pérez Carreño Hospital, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela., University of NSW Professorial Department of Surgery, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia., Faculty of Medicine at LMU Munich, Munich, Germany.