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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 554-557

Transobturator tapes are preferable over transvaginal tapes for the management of female stress urinary incontinence: Against


Department of Urology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal 576 104, Karnataka, India

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Arun Chawla
13/5, B Type Flats, KMC, Manipal, Karnataka, Manipal
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.57903

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Midurethral placement of tension-free vaginal tapes with a transvaginal route for stress urinary incontinence achieves higher and better long-term success rates than the transobturator route. Bladder perforations are reported more in transvaginal tape (TVT) but incidences of vaginal erosions, extrusion, and groin pain are exceedingly more in TOT groups. There is no clear evidence that transobturator tape (TOT) is associated with less post-operative voiding problems than TVT. Major complications such as bowel injuries and significant vascular injuries with TVT are rare. TVT has been found to be superior to TOT and preferable in technically demanding conditions such as prior anti-incontinence operation failures, obese women, and very elevated and scarred lateral cul-de sac. TVT is always preferred in severe grades of stress urinary incontinence and with patients of intrinsic sphincter deficiency (ISD) with little or no urethral mobility.


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