Transobturator tape (TOT): Two years follow-up

Saad Juma, C Gilberto Brito
Neurourology and Urodynamics 2007, 26 (1): 37-41

AIMS: The aim of this study is to report the functional results, patient satisfaction, and morbidity of the Transobturator tape procedure (TOT) in the treatment of stress incontinence (SUI).

METHODS: One hundred and thirty patients were prospectively evaluated with history, physical examination, quality of life questionnaire including Incontinence Impact Questionnaire (IIQ), urogenital distress inventory (UDI), and analog global satisfaction scale (GSS), and urodynamic studies.

RESULTS: One hundred and seventeen patients (90%) had history of SUI, and 78 (60%) had urge incontinence. Pads/day (PPD) used was 2.48 +/- 2.42, and the score of IIQ 16.13 +/- 7.86, UDI 10.95 +/- 3.4, and GSS 1.41 +/- 1.67. All patients underwent TOT using the ObTape. Hospital stay was 0.84 +/- 0.76 days and catheter duration was 1.42 +/- 2.08 days. At a follow-up of 16.85 +/- 4.68 months, 13 patients (10%) have recurrent SUI, 21 (16.15%) persistent urge incontinence, and 1 (1.92%) de novo urge incontinence. The mean PPD is 0.15 +/- 0.56, IIQ 1.47 +/- 5.14, UDI 3.28 +/- 3.09, and GSS 8.29 +/- 1.64. Two patients (1.52%) developed urethral obstruction, five (3.84%) had vaginal extrusion of the tape, and two (1.52%) had intra-operative bladder perforation.

CONCLUSIONS: These results demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the TOT. The short hospitalization and catheterization, low incidence of de novo urge incontinence and obstructive voiding offers a distinct advantage over existing techniques. No significant difference in outcome between patients with VLPP < or =60 cm H2O, and patients with VLPP >60 cm H2O was observed.

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