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New Study Offers More Than a Decade of Evidence for Minimally-Invasive Surgery to Treat Female Incontinence
Date:9/8/2008

essor Nilsson. "We are encouraged by the fact that we saw no reports of adverse effects such as tape erosion or tissue reactions found during follow up and continue to believe that the TVT procedure represents a significant advance in the treatment of female SUI."

SUI, a condition that affects more than 13 million women in the United States, is the involuntary leakage of urine during routine activities that put pressure on the bladder or urethra, such as laughing, sneezing or coughing. It can be an embarrassing problem that women are hesitant to bring up with their doctor and as a result, only one in 12 women seeks treatment.

To date, more than one million women worldwide have been treated with the GYNECARE TVT family of products, helping to restore their quality of life.

About GYNECARE TVT

The minimally-invasive GYNECARE TVT* Tension-free Support for Incontinence device uses a mesh sling to provide support to the middle of the urethra, the section that is strained during physical activities. This positioning of the device provides support only when needed and creates a "tension-free" treatment solution that reduces the risk of over-correcting.

As with any suspension surgery, this procedure should not be performed in pregnant patients. Additionally, because the PROLENE polypropylene mesh will not stretch significantly, it should not be performed in patients with future growth potential including women with plans for future pregnancy. Although rare, complications associated with the device include injury to blood vessels or nerves, difficulty urinating and bladder and bowel injury.

The family of GYNECARE TVT products is marketed by ETHICON Women's Health & Urology, a division of ETHICON, INC., a Johnson & Johnson company.

About ETHICON Women's Health and Urology

ETHICON Women's Health & Urology offers treatment solutions for a range of common, female pelvic health disorders. The technologies are marketed under t
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