According to results of a study carried out on 642 women with stress urinary incontinence, a single-incision mid-urethral sling provides an improvement of the condition incontinence.
Lead investigator Douglas G. Tincello said:
‘Mid-urethral slings are effective for incontinence. However, some centres report rates of bladder injury of around 5% to 10%. The rate of bladder injury from single-incision slings is much lower.’
Most of the women had stress urinary incontinence, and the remainder had mixed incontinence with predominant symptoms of stress urinary incontinence.
The average time of surgery was 17 minutes, and 66.5% required local anesthesia with sedation only.
The women took about 2 weeks to return to work, and a around of 11 days to return to their social life.
Improvement in quality of life was observed at 3 months and was maintained at 12 months, Dr. Tincello revealed.
Most patients were happy with the outcome, however 11.3% were not, and 4.4% experienced no change.
Dr. Tincello explained: ‘The results from the registry to date are equivalent to the standard mid-urethral tapes in terms of cure at 12 months, quality-of-life improvement, and safety.’
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