Do the Advantage slings work as well as the tension-free vaginal tapes?

Yik N. Lim, Peter Dwyer, Reinhold Muller, Anna Rosamilia, Joseph Lee, Kobi Stav

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Introduction and hypothesis There is currently no data on the safety and efficacy of the Advantage sling despite its widespread use. Methods We compared the efficiency and safety outcome data of 556 tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) and 108 Advantage slings after assessing for potential confounding factors. Results The two groups proved comparable. Bladder injury rates were 4.6% for the Advantage group and 2.9% for the TVT group (p=0.36). Subjective stress incontinence cure were 83.3% and 85.3%, respectively (p=0.66). Incidences of de novo urgency, urge incontinence, and voiding difficulties were 22.2% vs 14.7% (p=0.06), 9.3% vs 7.4% (p=0.55), and 11.1% vs 6.7% (p=0.11), respectively. Conclusions No major differences between the two slings were observed apart from a non-significant trend towards more de novo urgency and voiding difficulty symptoms with the Advantage group. It may be possible that due to its different biomechanical properties, the Advantage slings should be left looser.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1157-1162
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Advantage sling
  • Stress incontinence
  • TVT
  • Urinary urgency
  • Voiding dysfunction


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