Objective and subjective cure rates after trans-obturator tape (OBTAPE®) treatment of female urinary incontinence

Bruno Deval, Jérome Ferchaux, Richard Berry, Sandro Gambino, Calin Ciofu, Arash Rafii Tabrizi, François Haab

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Objective(s): To evaluate the safety and efficacy of a thermally bonded nonwoven polypropylene mesh in a transobturator suburethral tape procedure (OBTAPE ®, Mentor-Porges, Le Plessis Robinson, France) for women with stress urinary incontinence. Methods: Between January 2003 and January 2005, 129 consecutive women (mean age 57.2 years) underwent OBTAPE ® in two academic centers. All the patients had stress urinary incontinence preoperatively. Detrusor instability was ruled out by cystometry. The women were evaluated 1, 6 and 12 months postoperatively. The objective cure rate was evaluated by clinical examination and the subjective cure rate was assessed using the KHQ and BFLUTS questionnaire. Results: Mean follow-up was 17.2 ± 4.7 months (range 4 to 28 months). The objective and subjective cure rates were respectively 89.9% and 77.5%. Most of the patients received general anesthesia (85.3%). Urinary retention was observed in two women (1.5%), necessitating tape adjustment. Voiding difficulties were observed in 7 cases (5.4%) necessitating intermittent self-catheterization for 4.2 ± 2.4 days (range 1 to 7 days). Seven patients developed vaginal erosion (one with vaginal extrusion, and two with an obturator abscess). Complete mesh removal was necessary in 6 patients, four of whom had recurrent stress urinary incontinence. Conclusions: Our results suggest that the OBTAPE ® is an effective treatment for women with stress urinary incontinence. However, vaginal mesh erosion occurred in 6.2% of women, and this implies the need for careful follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-377
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Urology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Surgical treatment
  • TOT
  • Urinary incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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