Delayed Presentation of Cecal Perforation With Tension-Free Vaginal Tape

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) is a popular operative treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It has a low risk of adverse events, and injuries, particularly to the bowel, are rare. Case reports that have previously discussed these injuries and subsequent removal of TVT have not provided additional insight into management of SUI after these injuries occur.

CASE:

A postmenopausal woman with persistent SUI presented more than 1 year after TVT placement with bowel perforation incidentally discovered on routine screening colonoscopy. She underwent removal of the TVT and subsequent placement of a fascial sling with postoperative resolution of SUI.

CONCLUSION:

This case provides additional evidence for bowel injury as a postoperative TVT complication and describes an approach to complicated TVT and persistent SUI.

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