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Three-year follow-up of tension-free vaginal tape compared with transobturator tape in women with stress urinary incontinence and intrinsic sphincter deficiency.
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PMID:  22270284     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) to transobturator tape in the treatment of women with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and intrinsic sphincter deficiency at 3-year follow-up.
METHODS: One hundred sixty-four women were randomized to either TVT or transobturator tape after diagnosis of urodynamic stress incontinence and intrinsic sphincter deficiency. Concomitant pelvic organ prolapse surgery was not an exclusion criterion. The primary outcome assessed at 3-year follow-up was symptomatic stress incontinence requiring repeat surgery. Secondary outcomes were quality-of-life parameters assessed by validated questionnaires and numerical success score.
RESULTS: One hundred sixty-four women were enrolled in the study. At 3 years, 15 of the 75 (20%) women in the transobturator tape group underwent repeat surgery to correct SUI compared with one of the 72 (1.4%) in the TVT group. In other words, if TVT had been used exclusively, repeat surgery would have been avoided in one in six patients. The risk ratio of repeat surgery was 15 (95% confidence interval 2-113; P<.001) times greater in the transobturator tape group. In the transobturator tape group, the median time to repeat surgery was 15.6 months compared with 43.7 months for TVT (P<.001). The quality-of-life outcomes did show an improvement in both groups before and after surgery but no difference between the two slings in the Urogenital Distress Inventory short form, the Incontinence Impact Questionnaire short form, and a patient-rated numerical success score.
CONCLUSION: The long-term cure rates for retropubic TVT are significantly greater than for transobturator tape in women with urodynamic stress incontinence and intrinsic sphincter deficiency. Urethral functions tests such as urethral closure pressure and Valsalva leak point pressures are of value in determining what surgery to perform.
CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry,, ACTRN12608000093381.
Lore Schierlitz; Peter L Dwyer; Anna Rosamilia; Christine Murray; Elizabeth Thomas; Alison De Souza; Richard Hiscock
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  119     ISSN:  1873-233X     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-24     Completed Date:  2012-06-11     Revised Date:  2012-08-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  321-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Urogynecology, Mercy Hospital for Women, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Confidence Intervals
Follow-Up Studies
Intention to Treat Analysis
Kaplan-Meier Estimate
Middle Aged
Proportional Hazards Models
Quality of Life
Risk Factors
Suburethral Slings*
Time Factors
Urethra / physiopathology
Urinary Bladder / physiopathology
Urinary Bladder Diseases / complications,  physiopathology,  surgery*
Urinary Incontinence, Stress / complications,  physiopathology,  surgery*
Urologic Surgical Procedures / methods*

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