This study investigated the long-term effectiveness and safety of a variant of the transobturator vaginal tape inside-out technique for acquired urinary incontinence. Twelve spayed female dogs were operated over a 2 yr period. No intraoperative complications were encountered. Transient dysuria was the most common postoperative complication (7 out of 12 dogs). On the 12th day postoperatively, incontinence was completely cured in 11 out of 12 dogs (92%). At the time of the second evaluation (median follow-up time was 21 mo), patients classified as “cured,” “greatly improved,” or “improved” were 25, 50, and 25% of the total, respectively. At the time of either the fourth evaluation or at the time of death (median follow-up time was 52 mo), 50% of the bitches (6 out of 12) had the same results as previously but the other 50% had leakage that reappeared sporadically. A fistula appeared on the path of the tape in two bitches at 28 and 32 mo postsurgically. The technique presented is effective and more cost effective than the standard technique and could constitute an attractive alternative; however, it could be associated with an immediate postoperative dysuria, delayed fistula formation, and a partial recurrence of clinical signs.

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