To assess the long-term satisfaction, cure rate and safety of a new titanium-covered transobturator tape compared to polypropylene tape for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
A prospective study was conducted with 151 patients. Seventy patients underwent transobturator sling surgery with titanium tape from 2011 to 2019, and a historical control group (CG) of 81 patients was treated with a noncoated tape and underwent incontinence surgery from 1999 to 2009. We compared patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) with the incontinence outcome questionnaire (IOQ).
The median follow-up was 2½ years in both groups. Based on responses to the IOQ, a statistically significantly shorter time of recovery (IOQ 15: 21.3 ± 26.4 [TG], 40.2 ± 38.5 [CG], p = 0.02), improvement of sex life (IOQ 13: 34.1 ± 29.4 [TG] vs. 65.3 ± 35.6 [CG], p = 0.01) and less voiding dysfunction (IOQ 19: 30.9 ± 28.1 [CG], 9.3 ± 18.6 [TG], p = 0.01) were observed in the TG. Objectively, no postoperative urinary retention was observed in the TG, but four cases were described in the CG. Ten patients needed a reoperation for SUI in the CG compared to three in the TG (p = 0.03).
The titanium-covered transobturator sling had superior recovery time, improved sexual function and reduced reoperation rate compared to a historical polypropylene group.

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