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The placement of transobturator sub-urethral synthetic tapes, although with a high success rate of achieving continence, carries the risk of tape erosion to adjacent structures. While vaginal erosion occurs more frequently, urethral erosion has also been reported, usually in the immediate or early postoperative period. We present two different cases of urethral erosion with the Obtape((R)) sling, the first one diagnosed 1 year after surgery and the second one, a very late complication, occurring 4 years after the placement of the sling. Although transvaginal urethrotomy with tape resection has been the most popular approach described in the literature, we describe a minimally invasive trans-urethral approach for the management of this complication under local anaesthesia. We also present some "tricks of the trade" on retrieving the tape trans-urethrally while maximizing the length of tape removed.
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Name: International urogynecology journal and pelvic floor dysfunction
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A birth defect due to malformation of the URETHRA in which the urethral opening is below its normal location. In the male, the malformed urethra generally opens on the ventral surface of the PENIS or on the PERINEUM. In the female, the malformed urethral opening is in the VAGINA.
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