Long-term follow-up of polypropylene bone anchored slings

Bhavin N. Patel, Emma Longo, Fred E. Govier, Kathleen C. Kobashi, Alvaro Lucioni

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Introduction: The transvaginal bone anchored polypropylene sling (BAS) has proven to be a successful treatment for patients with SUI. However, there is limited data on long- -term outcomes following BAS with polypropylene mesh. We report our series of patients who had at least 3 years of follow-up after placement of BAS. Materials and Methods: A retrospective review of prospectively collected data of patients undergoing BAS for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) with minimum 3 year follow-up was performed. Outcomes and complications were determined from annual mailed post- -operative questionnaires. Results: 142 patients who had undergone BAS and had answered post-operative questionnaires at a minimum of 3 years were identified. Average follow-up was 58 months (range 36-97 months). The overall success rate was 71% with a dry rate of 27%. Complications occurred in 9% of patients, more commonly in patients without a history of anti-incontinence procedure. Conclusions: Although less commonly used, BAS with polypropylene mesh is associated with an acceptable success rate at long term follow-up but a low completely dry rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-497
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Braz J Urol
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013


  • Body mass index
  • Polypropylenes
  • Slings
  • Suburethral
  • Urinary incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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