Tension-free transobturator tape procedure for stress urinary incontinence.Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Oct; 18(5):567-74.CO
PURPOSE OF REVIEW
Recent data on the tension-free transobturator tape procedure for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence are reviewed.
Although long-term data are not available, the effectiveness and safety of the tension-free transobturator tape procedure as reported during the past 5 years are very promising and this procedure is becoming a popular surgical treatment for female stress urinary incontinence. The continence rates obtained have been similar to those obtained using the retropubic tension-free vaginal tape on short-term follow-up. Clinical data as well as studies on cadaveric dissections suggest that complication rates can be decreased significantly with the transobturator approach. In the original tension-free transobturator tape procedure, the tape is inserted through the obturator foramen from the outside-to-inside direction (skin incision to vaginal incision). The inside-to-outside approach with passage of the tape from the vaginal incision to the obturator foramen has also been described.
The tension-free transobturator tape procedure provides a useful alternative to the retropubic tension-free vaginal tape approach while maintaining the principles of tension-free midurethral support. By avoiding the intrapelvic and retropubic passage, complications can be decreased. The effectiveness of this approach is similar to that of tension-free vaginal tape on short-term follow-up.