Case Report

A simple technique for intravesical tape removal

  • STAVROS CHARALAMBOUS
  • CHISOVALANTIS TOUNTZIARIS
  • CHARALAMBOS KARAPANAGIOTIDIS
  • CHARALAMBOS THAMNOPOULOS PAPATHANASIOU
  • VASILIOS ROMBIS

Pelviperineology 2008;27(1):26-27

The tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) procedure has become the most frequently performed surgical technique for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence with cure rates reported at greater than 85%.1-3 Nevertheless, these excellent results are associated with specific complications such as bladder perforation 2-4 and vaginal, urethral and bladder erosion.5-8 Any undetected perforation or gradual erosion of the bladder wall may lead to a delayed recognition of an intravesical mesh. Herein, we describe a novel technique concerning mesh removal which requires minor instrumentation and results in the effective resection of intravesical tape.

Keywords: Intravesical; Sling; Stress urinary incontinence; Tension-free vaginal tape.