Describe the medium-term safety of the tension free vaginal tape obturator (TVT-O) procedure in terms of complications, cure and changes in quality of life (QoL) after the surgery.
Descriptive historical cohort that included women over 18 years of age who underwent TVT-O due to objectively proven stress urinary incontinence, urethral hypermobility or mixed urinary incontinence in which the stress component predominated, confirmed on urodynamic testing between July 2013-April 2017, in a reference hospital located in the city of Murcia Spain. Women with previous anti-incontinence surgery, concomitant vaginal surgery and planning pregnancy were excluded. Follow-up was determined for each patient based on the time elapsed between surgery and the time when the research protocol was applied. Complications were stratified according to the modified Clavien-Dindo classification; also we evaluated subjective cure rate, quality of life using the ICIQ-SF score, before and after surgery.
The mean age was 52.6 (SD± 10.5) years and 80.1% of patients were at least overweight. The incidence of complications at 12 months was: 8.3% (12/144). We did not detect complications after this period in the followed patients at 24, 36 and 48 months. The subjective cure determined at 12, 24, 36 and 48 months was 62.5% (90/144), 59.09% (55/88), 50.81% (31/61) and 50% (7/14), respectively. There was a significant improvement in quality of life, as determined by the ICQ-SF mean score before and after surgery (13.76[6,34] vs 3.84[5.76]; p<0.05).
The TVT-O surgery is a safe therapy associated with a low complication incidence at 12 months, an acceptable subjective cure rate in stress urinary incontinence, and quality-of-life improvement. Classifications of complications related to the insertion of the prosthesis and of those inherent to surgery, such as urinary tract infection, are required.

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