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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 1996 Jan;64(1):69-72.

Genuine stress incontinence: prospective randomized comparison of two operative methods.

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  • 1Second Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Athens, Greece.


Eighty-one women with clinical and urodynamic findings of genuine stress incontinence and genital prolapse were randomly selected to be surgically treated with either anterior colporrhaphy or Burch colposuspension. Each patient had a complete clinical and urodynamic evaluation before surgery and at 2 months and 3 years after surgery. Differences in cure rates between the two procedures at the 2-month post-operative evaluation were insignificant; however, at the 3-year post-surgical evaluation, the cure rate of women who had undergone Burch colposuspension was significantly higher than that of women who had undergone anterior colporrhaphy (cure rates were 88% and 57%, respectively; P < 0.001). The Burch colposuspension was more effective than the anterior colporrhaphy in the stabilization of the bladder base, neck and proximal urethra as confirmed by transvaginal sonography. Post-operative spontaneous voiding was uneventful in both procedures. Results of this study demonstrate that the Burch colposuspension in our hands was more effective in treating genuine stress incontinence and pelvic relaxation than was anterior colporrhaphy.

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