Removing a Misplaced Retropubic Midurethral Sling From the Urethra and Bladder Neck Using Ear, Nose, and Throat Instruments

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The retropubic tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) procedure is a common procedure with complications attributed to voiding dysfunction, bladder perforation, and bleeding. We present a case of successful removal of a retropubic midurethral sling from the urethra using a head lamp and a combination of ear, nose, and throat instruments.

CASE:

A 63-year-old woman presented to our clinic with the symptom of gross hematuria after having undergone a TVT procedure. On office cystoscopy, the sling was noted to be placed within the urethral mucosa. Removal of the mesh was performed using a nasal speculum, left and right ethmoid scissors, left and right Blakesley graspers, and a head lamp to dissect the mesh directly out of the urethra.

CONCLUSION:

The utilization of ear, nose, and throat tools allowed us to resect the intraurethral mesh without necessitating incision of the urethral sphincter.

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