Vesica percutaneous bladder neck stabilization

J Endourol. 1996 Jun;10(3):221-5. doi: 10.1089/end.1996.10.221.


The Vesica percutaneous bladder neck stabilization (PBNS) represents a minimally invasive surgical procedure for the treatment of stress incontinence caused by hypermobility of the proximal urethra and bladder neck. Since the initial description of the procedure, technique and instrumentation modifications have added to the reproducibility of this operation. Three specific modifications have been incorporated: strong attachment of the stabilization suture to the pubic bone utilizing a bone anchor; incorporation of a full-thickness broad segment of tissue including the endopelvic, pubocervical, and subvaginal fascia as well as vaginal wall in a Z suture; and loose resuspension of the proximal urethra to stabilize the continence mechanism. Cystoscopic verification of suture location precludes bladder entry or distal suture placement. This procedure has been utilized in 71 women with an overall cure rate (no stress incontinence) of 94% at follow-up of 12 months. One retropubic abscess required drainage, and a second patient required excision of a skin sinus tract caused by an infected bone anchor. Urinary retention longer than 3 weeks has not been encountered. Overall morbidity has been minimal. Long-term follow-up of continence status and other procedure-related complications is ongoing. The PBNS provides continence results and complication rates equivalent to those of other retropubic and transvaginal procedures using a minimally invasive outpatient technique.

MeSH terms

  • Endoscopy
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urinary Bladder / surgery*
  • Urinary Incontinence, Stress / surgery*