Sling procedures after repair of obstetric vesicovaginal fistula in Niamey, Niger

Charles J. Ascher-Walsh, Tracy L. Capes, Yungtai Lo, Abdoulaye Idrissa, Jeff Wilkinson, Karolynn Echols, Bruce Crawford, Rene Genadry

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Introduction and hypothesis The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the results of sling procedures for stress incontinence after repair of vesicovaginal fistulae at the National Hospital in Niamey, Niger. Methods This study is a retrospective chart review of 701 women surgically treated for vesicovaginal fistulae. One hundred forty women subsequently underwent a sling procedure for stress incontinence after fistula repair. Results The demographics among the groups were similar. No significant difference was seen in results between the sling types except the risk of erosion was significantly greater in the synthetic sling group. There was a trend towards greater sling success in the fascia lata group. Conclusions Correction of incontinence is a common and difficult challenge following repair of obstetric vesicovaginal fistula. Compared to published studies on sling procedures, these patients have higher rates of continued incontinence. This is likely due to the frequent loss of a urethral sphincter as well as high prevalence of detrusor overactivity and decreased bladder capacity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1385-1390
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2010


  • Sling procedures
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Vesicovaginal fistula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Urology


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