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Keywords:

  • Urinary incontinence;
  • stress;
  • recurrent;
  • surgery;
  • titanium (Mitek) bone anchors

Objective

To evaluate, in a preliminary study, the outcome of a modified pubovaginal sling operation with titanium bone anchors for recurrent genuine stress urinary incontinence (GSI) in women.

Patients and methods

This prospective study included 13 consecutive women who underwent the modified sling procedure between September 1994 and August 1996. The subjective and objective cure of urinary stress incontinence, and the occurrence of postoperative osteitis pubis, were assessed.

Results

All 13 patients subjectively claimed complete urinary continence and 12 were objectively cured (12 patients agreed to undergo a repeat urodynamic study) during a median (range) follow-up of 26 (19–38) months. There were no cases of postoperative osteitis pubis, bladder injury or major complications. Mild suprapubic pain was a frequent and self-limiting complication.

Conclusions

This innovative modified sling procedure is effective for recurrent urinary stress incontinence, with no complication of osteitis pubis. We suggest that this procedure should be considered as a treatment for recurrent GSI and perhaps for primary GSI. A study incorporating a longer follow-up and more patients has been planned.