Retropubic hematomas may complicate up to 4.1% of tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) procedures in the surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence. Symptomatic or expanding hematomas often require intervention, usually accomplished through an abdominal incision.
A 43-year-old woman underwent transvaginal management of venous bleeding and evacuation of a 1500-mL retropubic hematoma after a TVT Secur or “mini-sling” procedure.
Significant bleeding can complicate even the least invasive surgical approach to treat stress urinary incontinence. Transvaginal evacuation of a symptomatic retropubic hematoma with instillation of a hemostatic agent may be a safe alternative to laparotomy in a hemodynamically stable patient.