Autologous transobturator midurethral sling placement: a novel outpatient procedure for female stress urinary incontinence



We present a novel outpatient transobturator autologous rectus fascia midurethral sling procedure.


A 55-year old woman presented with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) as documented by history, physical exam, and 24-h pad test. Conservative and surgical treatment options were discussed. The patient was interested only in outpatient surgical options, however, and was adamantly opposed to any mesh procedures due to concerns regarding complications. Therefore, following an in-depth discussion and informed consent, a transobturator, autologous sling procedure was performed. The vaginal dissection was performed in the standard fashion. A rectus fascial strip measuring 7 × 1 cm rectus fascia was harvested. A trocar was passed through each obturator foramen. Fascial stay sutures were retracted through the skin incisions. The sling was then appropriately tensioned and the stay sutures tied together.


The patient had an uncomplicated perioperative course. She voided spontaneously with low postvoid residual. At follow-up, she had no urinary leakage.


The transobturator autologous midurethral sling procedure is technically feasible and, in the short term, effective. Longer follow-up and larger series are needed to validate this procedure, which, however, may become a suitable option for patients and surgeons concerned with potential mesh complications.

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Linder, B.J., Elliott, D.S. Autologous transobturator midurethral sling placement: a novel outpatient procedure for female stress urinary incontinence. Int Urogynecol J 25, 1277–1278 (2014) doi:10.1007/s00192-014-2365-2

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  • Autologous
  • Transobturator
  • Urethral sling
  • Stress incontinence