Should we combine vaginal prolapse surgery with continence surgery?
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The risk of postoperative stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can be reduced by combining prolapse repair with continence surgery. However, more women face a serious adverse event (SAE) after vaginal prolapse surgery combined with a midurethral sling (MUS). It is difficult to predict a woman’s individual postoperative SUI and SAE risk; therefore, weighing the benefits and risks of combination surgery is complex. We offer a concept that might help in considering combination surgery. According to this concept, women whose risk of needing subsequent surgery for postoperative SUI is on average 9% are likely to benefit from combination surgery.
KeywordsCurrent opinion Pelvic organ prolapse Stress urinary incontinence Midurethral sling Combination surgery
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J. Marinus van der Ploeg: the author reports no conflict of interest.
Jan-Paul W.R. Roovers: medical consultant for American Medical Systems (AMS).
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