In a nutshell
This study looked at the use of a surgical sling to treat urinary stress incontinence (USI – leakage of urine from the bladder when coughing or straining). The study found that the MiniArc sling continues to be safe and effective after 5 years.
USI is a common problem, especially among middle-aged and older women. Several types of treatment have been developed in recent years with varying effectiveness and safety. The MiniArc sling is a useful and safe way to reduce symptoms of USI. It is necessary to research long-term safety and effectiveness of this single-incision sling.
Methods & findings
This study included 85 USI patients who had the MiniArc sling inserted. Outcomes were evaluated after 5 years.
68 (80%) patients reported a cure of USI after 5 years. 13 (17%) patients had recurring USI. Age was significantly associated with sling failure.
The bottom line
The study concluded that the use of a MiniArc sling is a long-term safe and effective method to treat USI.
The fine print
This study had a small sample size and did not compare the sling with other treatments.
Talk to your doctor about the use of a MIniArc sling to treat your USI.
Published By :
Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Aug 18, 2017
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