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Eur Urol. 2003 Jul;44(1):128-31.

Results of the tension-free vaginal tape technique in the elderly.

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  • 1Urology Department, Tenon Hospital, 4 rue de la chine, 75020 Paris, France.



To assess the results of the Tension-Free Vaginal Tape (TVT) technique for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in the elderly.


Between March 1998 and February 2001, 76 consecutive women more than 70 years old (median 76) and presenting with SUI were operated with the TVT technique. 28.9% (22/76) of the patients had previous surgery for SUI. 31% (24/76) of the patients had an overactive bladder and 4 patients had detrusor instability controlled by anticholinergic therapy. All patients had preoperative multichanel urodynamic evaluation.


No serious complication was noted intra- or postoperatively. At a mean follow up of 24.6 months (range 16-49 months), 67% of the patients were cured (51/76). Among the failures, 10 patients (13.7%) had persistent SUI, 14 patients (18.4%) had urge incontinence and 2 patients were lost to follow up. De novo urgency without incontinence was noticed in 21% of the patients but preoperative urgency symptoms were cured in 46% of the patients. Overall 82% of the patients were satisfied with the result of the surgery, 14% considered the result as incomplete and 4% considered they were worsened by surgery.


The TVT procedure is safe and efficient to treat SUI in the elderly population even if the rate of de novo urgency appeared to be significant.

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