Original Article

Complications of tension-free tapes and support grafts

  • STAVROS CHARALAMBOUS
  • IOANNIS VOUROS
  • ARISTIDIS KARELIS
  • VASILEIOS ROMBIS

Pelviperineology 2014;33(4):115-118

Tension free vaginal tape (TVT) has become the treatment of choice for females with stress incontinence (SUI), since the first description from Ulmsten and Petros, in 1995. Success rate for TVT, as long as for the later described supporting the mid-urethra transobturator tapes, have been found high. Complications frequency is low for all types of tapes, but complications do still appear. The necessity for decreased complications led to the development of new supporting tapes such as TVT-secur and Needleless. Success rates concerning continence and quality of life have been evaluated and published, but complications rates and their treatment options still remain controversial. Purpose: To present the complications following application of mid- urethra supporting tapes and pelvic floor grafts, in order to treat SUI and pelvic floor prolapse respectively.

Keywords: TVT; Stress urinary incontinence; Complications.