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Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2005 Nov-Dec;16(6):487-91. Epub 2005 May 12.

Transobturator SAFYRE sling is as effective as the transvaginal procedure.

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Division of Urology and Gynecology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas--UNICAMP Campinas- Brazil, Rua Jose Pugliesi Filho 265 CEP, 13085032 Campinas, Brazil. ppalma@uol.com.br

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

SAFYRE is a monofilament polypropylene mesh held between two self-anchoring silicone columns that associates universal approach with readjustability. This unique feature allows for comparing two different approaches, i.e., transvaginal and transobturator, using the same sling.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A total of 226 patients with clinical and urodynamic diagnosis of SUI underwent SAFYRE sling procedure, which was performed either by transvaginal (group 1; 126 patients) or transobturator approach (group 2; 100 patients). The mean age was 63 years, in group 1 and 61 years in group 2. Physical examination, stress and pad test and urodynamic assessment were performed before the surgery.

RESULTS:

The average follow-up period was 18 months in group 1 and 14 months in group 2. There was no difference in cure rate in both groups. The mean operative time was longer (25 min) in group 1 than in group 2 (15 min) (P<0.05). Bladder injury was significative greater in transvaginal group [respectively, 12/126 (0%) versus 0/100 (0%)]. Postoperatively, 20.6% of the patients presented transient irritative voiding symptoms in group transvaginal group as opposed to 10% in transobturator group.

DISCUSSION:

SAFYRE sling performed by transobturator approach is as effective as the transvaginal procedure. Fewer complications and less operative time were additional advantages of the transobturator approach.

PMID:
15889209
DOI:
10.1007/s00192-005-1309-2
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