TVT versus SPARC: Comparison of outcomes for two midurethral tape procedures

Sanjay Gandhi, Yoram Abramov, Christina Kwon, Jennifer L. Beaumont, Sylvia Botros, Peter K. Sand, Roger P. Goldberg

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To compare the subjective and objective cure rates in women who underwent either the SPARC or the TVT midurethral sling for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. This retrospective study included all 122 consecutive women undergoing a TVT or SPARC midurethral sling procedure for objective stress urinary incontinence between January 2000 and March 2003 at the Evanston Continence Center. Primary outcomes were subjective and objective stress incontinence cure rates. Subjects underwent multichannel urodynamics preoperatively and 14 weeks postoperatively, and stress testing at last follow-up. The two groups were compared using univariate and multivariate analyses. Seventy-three subjects underwent a TVT and 49 subjects had a SPARC procedure. There were no statistical differences in demographic factors between the two groups. Subjects undergoing SPARC were more likely to void by Valsalva effort. One hundred and seven women returned for objective postoperative evaluation after surgery. The TVT procedure was associated with higher subjective (86 vs. 60%, P = 0.001) and objective (95 vs. 70%, P < 0.001) stress incontinence cure rates. There was no difference between the TVT and SPARC groups in the resolution of subjective and objective urge urinary incontinence. TVT was associated with a higher stress urinary incontinence cure rate than SPARC in this retrospective study. As new midurethral sling products are introduced, prospective randomized controlled trials should be conducted to evaluate their relative efficacy and safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Female
  • Human
  • Stress
  • Surgical mesh
  • TVT
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urologic surgical procedures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Urology


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