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Minerva Ginecologica 2005 December;57(6):637-40

language: Italian

Preliminary experience with transobturator tape for treatment of urinary incontinence in women

Corticelli A., Corticelli G., Venuti F., Pedretti L., Dodero D.


Aim. Aim of this study is to report our preliminary experience with a minimally invasive surgical procedure using transobturator approach.
Methods. We enrolled in our study 19 patients with stress urinary incontinence and urethral hypermobility without genital prolapse. All patients underwent suburethral transobturator tape (TOT) procedure. Four patients underwent previous surgical procedure for incontinence (3 Kelly and 1 Burch). No patients reported previous major gynaecological surgery. Mean age was 58.68 years (range36-75). The sling was placed according to the technique described by Delorme.
Results. Mean operating time was 21 min (range 14-48). No bladder lesions or intraoperative complications occurred. Fifteen patients were dismissed the same day of surgery. Mean hospital staying was 1.4 days (range 1-5). No infections, erosions or sieromas have been observed.
Conclusion. Our experience shows as TOT technique is extremely rapid, riproducibile and with a very short learning curve. The transobturator approach avoids the risk of bladder, bowel or vascular injuries. Compliance and patient satisfaction have been very incouraging, restoring a real functional well-being. However, the small number of patients in our study and the short follow up do not actually allow us to draw definitive results and further studies are needed to confirm the technique success.

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