Mid-urethral sling helps prevent incontinence among women undergoing prolapse repair
Posted Sep 05 2011 12:01pm
Issue Codes Incontinence Products for Women
Women who receive a mid-urethral sling while undergoing surgery for pelvic organ prolapse seem to be less likely to develop stress urinary incontinence , a study has found.
Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a study involving 337 women, with an average age of 63 years, none of whom were suffering from stress incontinence .
Some of the women were given tension-free vaginal tape, while the others were given a sham treatment.
After three months, the researchers found that women who received the tape had approximately half the rate of stress urinary incontinence as those who did not.
The benefits were still noticeable after 12 months had passed.
Dr John Wei, who led the study, told the International Continence Society’s annual meeting that fitting a prophylactic sling during surgery for pelvic organ prolapse “resulted in superior continence rates at three and 12 months”.
He revealed: “On average, six women would have to undergo a prophylactic sling to prevent one additional case of urinary incontinence at 12 months.”
The researcher noted that the procedure was associated with an increased risk of bladder and bleeding events, but that none of these were serious.