Patient satisfaction after midurethral sling surgery for stress urinary incontinence

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  • OBJECTIVE: To identify factors that may contribute to patient satisfaction with outcome in women who received retropubic and transobturator midurethral slings. METHODS: Satisfaction was assessed 12 months postsurgery as a planned analysis in 597 participants from a multicenter randomized trial comparing retropubic with transobturator midurethral slings using the Incontinence Surgery Satisfaction Questionnaire. Significantly related variables associated with satisfaction in univariable analyses were entered into multivariable logistic regression models to test their independent association with satisfaction. RESULTS: One year after surgery, 264 (88.6%) in the retropubic group and 263 (88.0%) in the transobturator group completed satisfaction questionnaires. Both treatment groups demonstrated a high level of satisfaction with respect to urine leakage (retropubic 85.9% compared with transobturator 90.0%; P=.52), urgency to urinate, frequency of urination, capability of physical activity, social activity, ability to engage in sexual activity, and from an emotional standpoint. Baseline characteristics associated with reduced satisfaction were higher Medical, Epidemiologic, and Social Aspects of Aging Questionnaire urgency subscale scores, detrusor overactivity, and diabetes mellitus. The severity of both objective (frequency of incontinence episodes, pad test weight) and subjective (Incontinence Impact Questionnaire and Urogenital Distress Inventory score) measures of incontinence at baseline and the patients' perceptions of preoperative severity of incontinence and expectations of achieving postoperative cure or improvement were not statistically different between satisfied and unsatisfied patients. In the final multivariable model, satisfaction was associated with overall treatment success (odds ratio [OR] 2.57, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.29-5.13], greater reduction in Urogenital Distress Inventory (OR 0.97, 95% CI 0.96-0.98) and Incontinence Impact Questionnaire scores (OR 0.99, 95% CI 0.98-0.99), and fewer complications (OR 0.55, 95% CI 0.30-0.99). CONCLUSION: The high level of satisfaction seen after midurethral sling procedures is associated with greater objective and patient-perceived improvement of stress incontinence and fewer complications. © 2013 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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  • Wai CY; Curto TM; Zyczynski HM; Stoddard AM; Burgio KL; Brubaker L; Rickey LM; Menefee SA; Gormley EA; Sirls L
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