|November 2012 · Vol. 24, No. 11
When and how to place
an autologous rectus
fascia pubovaginal sling
Although synthetic midurethral slings remain the standard of care
for most women with stress urinary incontinence, an autologous graft is a
safe and effective alternative
Dr. Karram is Director of the Fellowship Program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, University of Cincinnati/The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio; Co-Editor in Chief of the International Academy of Pelvic Surgery (IAPS); and Course Director of the Pelvic Anatomy and Gynecologic Surgery Symposium (PAGS) and the Female Urology and Urogynecology Symposium (FUUS), both co-sponsored by OBG Management.
Dr. Zoorob is a Fellow in Urogynecology at the University of Cincinnati/The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The authors report no financial relationships relevant to this article.
Developed in Partnership with International Academy of Pelvic Surgery
CASE 1: Recurrent SUI and mesh erosion
A 50-year-old woman reports urinary incontinence that is associated with activity and exertion—stress urinary incontinence (SUI)—and says it has worsened over the past year. She mentions that she underwent vaginal hysterectomy, with placement of a tension-free vaginal tape (TVT), about 2 years earlier.
During physical examination, the patient becomes incontinent when abdominal pressure is increased, with some urethral mobility (cotton-swab deflection to 25° from the horizontal). She is also noted to have erosion of the TVT tape into the vaginal lumen.
Urodynamic testing reveals easily demonstrable SUI at a volume of 150 mL when she is in the sitting position, with a Valsalva leak-point pressure of 55 cm H2O. Her bladder remains stable to a capacity of 520 mL. Cystoscopy yields unremarkable findings.
When she is offered surgical correction of her SUI, the patient expresses a preference for the use of her own tissues and says she does not want to have synthetic mesh placed.
Is this patient a candidate for a rectus fascia pubovaginal sling?
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