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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants
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ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.2013007760
pages 1-8

Economic Considerations for Mid-Urethral Sling Procedures Among Patients with Stress Urinary Incontinence

Sanjoy Roy
Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson), Somerville, New Jersey 08876
Thomas J. Bramley
Xcenda, 4114 Woodlands Pkwy, Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Piet Hinoul
Johnson & Johnson Global Surgery Group, Somerville, NJ
Kristen Migliaccio-Walle
Xcenda, 4114 Woodlands Pkwy, Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Huimin Li
Xcenda, 4114 Woodlands Pkwy, Palm Harbor, FL 34685


Overview: Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is associated with a hefty economic burden. Retropubic and transobturator vaginal slings have become common surgical options for women with SUI. This study examines the costs of transobturator slings for SUI surgeries.
Methods: A model was created to estimate the budget impact to hospitals of transobturator sling surgery in women with SUI. Current practice using transobturator slings including the MonarcTM Subfascial Hammock, Obtryx® Transobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System, Aris® Transobturator Sling System, Align® TO Trans-Obturator Urethral Support System, GYNECARE TVTTM Obturator System Tension-free Support for Incontinence and GYNECARE TVT ABBREVOTM Continence System were modeled. Four surgical complications were considered: re-operation due to failure, revision or removal of sling, urologic complications including urinary obstruction and urinary tract infection, and pelvic complications. This model calculates the average 1-year cost per patient with the use of each sling product and estimates the total budget for sling urinary incontinence surgery associated with each product based on these calculations.
Results: Average incremental cost over 1 year ranged from $2,601 (GYNECARE TVTTM Obturator) to $3,132 (Desara®) per patient. In a hypothetical population of 100 patients, a 10% shift from the most to the least expensive option was associated with a 2% decrease in hospital expenditures. With the current market share for transobturator sling products, the expected expenditure is around $285,533 for a surgical population of 100 patients. Sling costs account for approximately $105,526 (37%) of this cost, with complications comprising the remaining majority.
Conclusion: This study represents the first comparative assessment of the costs of different sling options for stress urinary incontinence surgeries. GYNECARE TVT ABBREVOTM and GYNECARE TVTTM Obturator products represent a sound clinical and economic choice for hospitals. Moreover, the reduction in expenditures is obtained at the benefit of patients, who experience fewer complications and avoid complication-related procedures.