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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Mar;198(3):308.e1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2007.09.003.

The expectations of patients who undergo surgery for stress incontinence.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN 38138, USA. vmallett@utmem.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to assess patient expectations of surgical outcome after preoperative counseling of surgical procedures in a randomized trial of 655 women in a comparison of the rectus fascial sling and Burch colposuspension.

STUDY DESIGN:

Women who selected surgery for treating stress incontinence and who consented to this randomized, surgical trial completed a preoperative questionnaire to assess expectations for the postsurgical effects of surgery on urinary incontinence-related symptoms, limitations, and emotions. Associations of expectations with a range of preoperative urinary incontinence measures were explored.

RESULTS:

The most frequent preoperative symptoms were urine leakage (98%), embarrassment (88%), frequency (74%), physical activity (72%), and urgency (70%). Sexual and social limitations were less frequent (< or = 44%). Treatment expectations were higher for women who reported more symptom bother. As expected, most women (98%) had an expectation that urine leakage would be completely or almost completely eliminated. However, most women (92%) who reported urgency or frequency (83%) expected significant improvement of these symptoms after surgery.

CONCLUSION:

Patients who undergo stress incontinence surgery have high expectations regarding the outcome of incontinence surgery, which include the resolution of urgency and frequency.

PMID:
18313452
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajog.2007.09.003
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