Vascular injury during tension-free vaginal tape procedure for stress urinary incontinence

Mark D. Walters, Paul K. Tulikangas, Christine LaSala, Tristi W. Muir

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BACKGROUND: Tension-free vaginal tape procedure is a popular surgical treatment of genuine stress urinary incontinence. CASES: Two cases of retropubic hematoma after tension-free vaginal tape procedure are reported. One woman with an 8 × 10 cm hematoma localized to the retropubic space required transfusion of two units of packed red blood cells for symptomatic relief. Neither case required reoperation, and both patients' hematomas resolved over 6 months without treatment. Both patients were continent 9-12 months after surgery. CONCLUSION: Although the tension-free vaginal tape procedure is a minimally invasive operation for stress urinary incontinence and appears to be effective, significant vascular complications can result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)957-959
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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