A new minimally invasive procedure for stress urinary incontinence

Millions of women in the UK - approximately one in three at some point in their lives - suffer from stress urinary incontinence (SUI). This causes them to leak urine when they laugh, sneeze, cough, or during exercise.

A new minimally invasive procedure for stress urinary incontinence

Millions of women in the UK – approximately one in three at some point in their lives - suffer from stress urinary incontinence (SUI).  This causes them to leak urine when they laugh, sneeze, cough, or during exercise.

Vaginal tape procedures have increased in popularity in recent years due to their high success rate, the ease of the procedure, and the minimal negative impact it has on the patient.

The latest of these procedures is now being launched in the UK.  Called the GYNECARE TVT SECUR* System from Ethicon Women’s Health & Urology, it is performed in 10- to 15-minutes under local anaesthesia.  The technique features a new minimally invasive approach that eliminates the need for surgical exit incisions in the patient’s skin.

During the procedure, the surgeon inserts a piece of mesh tape through the vagina and positions it under the urethra.  The mesh tape creates a supportive sling or hammock under the urethra, allowing it to maintain its seal to prevent unintentional urine loss. 

Mr Gurminder Matharu, Consultant Gynaecologist at Solihull Hospital said “Although so many women experience SUI, most are not aware that it is a treatable condition.  Women may suffer in silence and avoid activities that they enjoy.  GYNECARE TVT SECUR* allows us to correct the problem in a minimally invasive way that doesn’t require a patient to undergo general anaesthesia or experience a long recovery time. I advise my patients that they can expect to return to normal activities within four weeks.”

Mr Matharu added that the new treatment is the latest evolution of the well-tested procedure – known as a TVT sling – that has been performed for several years and has proven to be safe and effective.   In fact, clinical data shows that even seven years after treatment, 81 percent of women treated remained dry, while an additional 16 percent experienced significant improvement1.

“This new technique to correct SUI builds on the success of the current treatment and optimises safety with a less invasive approach that has the potential to offer less patient discomfort,” said Mr. Matharu. 

Patients treated with GYNECARE TVT SECUR* may be able to go home as early as a few hours after the procedure.  Patients can expect a short recovery period.  During this time, there should be little interference with daily activities; however, the patient may be advised to avoid heavy lifting and intercourse for four weeks.

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