Endoscopic excision of an eroding calcified mesh sling, 10 years after primary surgery

Wednesday, 1 October 2008 - Management of urethral erosion typically entails two options: sling incision (in the early postoperative period) or excision of the suburethral part of the sling (urethrolysis). Wadie (2008) described a different endoscopic technique.

A forty-year-old woman with a synthetic sling implanted 10 years prior presented with persistent lower urinary tract symptoms. A kidney ureter bladder X-ray showed a stone at the level of the bladder neck. Disintegration of the stone revealed eroding mesh embedded in the urethral wall. Complete resection of the mesh using an electrocautery knife was performed. Two months since the procedure, the patient has had an uneventful course. Both vaginal and urethral walls are intact, and she is capable of normal voiding with some stress incontinence.

The author indicated that a sling eroding the urethra is a diagnosis that needs to be considered even 10 years after surgery. Endoscopic management is feasible and can be successful.

Wadie, B. S. (2008). Endoscopic excision of an eroding calcified mesh sling, 10 years after primary surgery. Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct, DOI 10.1007/s00192-008-0698-4.

Authors: Wadie et al.


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