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Minerva Ginecologica 1999 September;51(9):355-8

language: Italian

The Tension-free Vaginal Tape (TVT) for treatment of female genuine stress incontinence. Preliminary results

Primicerio M., De Matteis G., Montanino Oliva M., Marceca M., Alessandrini A., Caviezel P., Tocci A.


Background. The Tension­free Vaginal Tape (TVT) represents the most recent technique for the treatment of genuine stress urinary incontinence (GSUI). The various number of surgical procedures proposed for the treatment of GSI very often do not lead to a complete remission of this pathology. The data from the literature show how TVT is a effective procedure for the treatment of female urinary incontinence.
Methods. Twenty-nine women with diagnosis of urinary incontinence underwent application of polypropilene band (TVT: tension-free vaginal tape) underneath the uretra, in order to treat this disorder. The procedure has been carried out in peripheral anesthesia.
Results. A complete remission of the urinary incontinence was obtained in 24 patients. In the remaining cases there was an improvement of the symptoms in two patients, whereas in two patients remained a secondary detrusor instability. In one case the external iliac vein was perforated thus requiring a surgical repair.
Conclusion. The short surgical time, the feasibility of the procedure and the following short hospitalization made this technique well accepted either by the surgeons ang the patients. Moreover the possibility to carry out the procedure in peripheral anesthesia allows to have the collaboration of the patient. However this technique is not free of risks, how the serious complication we had can demonstrate.

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