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J Obstet Gynaecol. 2004 Oct;24(7):785-93.

National audit of incontinence surgery in the United Kingdom.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medway Maritime Hospital, Windmill Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 5NY, UK.


The aim of the study was to describe the experience, current trends and management of incontinence surgery for urodynamic stress incontinence (USI) in the United Kingdom. The study was a postal questionnaire survey that was sent to a cohort of surgeons known to be performing continence surgery. The subjects addressed included the considered role of the surgeon, the total number and type of operations performed in the last year, urodynamics and physiotherapy prior to incontinence surgery, operative complications, postoperative advice and follow-up (lengths and methods). The response rate was 54%. Large variations were found in all areas. The survey provides evidence of the number of incontinence operations performed, potentially important trends and differences in the practice and management of incontinence in the United Kingdom. This survey may be helpful in making guidelines and standards for audit at regional, local and individual levels as well as recommendations for strategies to enhance professional expertise in urogynaecology in the United Kingdom.

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