Risk of re-operation ‘low’ after surgery for urinary incontinence

Risk of re-operation ‘low’ after surgery for urinary incontinence

  • On September 2, 2011
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The vast majority of women who undergo surgery for female incontinence do not need additional surgery in the future, new research has found.

Scientists at Geneva University Hospitals carried out a study to determine the incidence of re-operation among women with urinary incontinence.

They also wanted to identify any risk factors associated with an increased likelihood of needing further surgery.

The researchers studied 1,132 women, all of whom underwent surgery for stress urinary incontinence between January 1988 and June 2007.

Stress incontinence is one of the most common types of urinary incontinence and occurs when the pelvic floor muscles become too weak to prevent urination, particularly when the person coughs or laughs and places their bladder under pressure.

The scientists found that 3.1 per cent (35 women) had a second operation during the study period because they were still relying on incontinence supplies, such as Tena Pants, to manage their stress urinary incontinence.