Minimally invasive surgical treatment of female stress urinary incontinence

S. Levin*, A. E. Bennet, D. Levin, L. Danielli, R. Levin, A. Sidi

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a new minimally invasive surgical procedure for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Four miniature bone anchors, each attached to a suture, are inserted transvaginally into the retropubic bone using an inserter on each side of the urethra without opening the vaginal mucosa. Tying the suture on each ipsilateral side creates colposuspension, as is the aim of previously described procedures such as the Marshall-Marchetti-Krantz. Sixty-one women (mean age 52 ± SD 9.9 years) with a mean follow-up of more than 12 months (range 12-30 months) were treated for SUI. Fifty patients (82%) are dry, 7 (14%) reported great improvement and 4 are considered surgical failures. The data presented suggest that our new minimally invasive procedure provides an effective treatment for female SUI. Its main advantages over other procedures are the transvaginal approach and short operating time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-408
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Retropubic bone anchor
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Urethropexy
  • Vaginal colposuspension


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