Removing a misplaced retropubic midurethral sling from the urethra and bladder neck using ear, nose, and throat instruments.

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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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Cited Authors

  • Solomon, ER; Jelovsek, JE

Published Date

  • January 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 125 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 58 - 61

PubMed ID

  • 25560104

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-233X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000568

Conference Location

  • United States