The Polypropylene Pubovaginal Sling for the Treatment of Recurrent Stress Urinary Incontinence
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PURPOSE: The significance of a 2-team approach to the problems of recurrent incontinence in patients with extensive pelvic scarring from previous surgery is emphasized. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed 88 consecutive patients who presented between January 1986 and November 1992. The demonstration of a scarred, wide open, proximal urethra or drain pipe urethra was the important selection criterion. Two teams, 1 operating abdominally and 1 vaginally, released the bladder neck from its bed of scar under direct vision and set the sling in place with minimal tension at the bladder neck. RESULTS: Of the women 75 (85.2%) were cured of the stress urinary incontinence and 8 (9.1%) had improvement with mainly urge incontinence, while 5 (5.7%) operations failed. There was a significant association between chronic chest disease and failure. CONCLUSIONS: The 2-team polypropylene (Marlex) mesh approach continues to be an effective treatment for women with complicated stress urinary incontinence.
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