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INCONTINENCE SURGERY


FOR THE MANY WOMEN WHO UNDERGO SURGERY FOR URINARY INCONTINENCE, RISK FACTORS FOR FAILURE ARE BEING IDENTIFIED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Women who are overweight are at increased risk for complications following almost any procedure or surgery, but weight may not be the major factor when it comes to surgery for urinary incontinence, a recent study revealed.  Arthur Burnett, a urologist at Johns Hopkins, says two other factors may be more important.

BURNETT: Urinary incontinence is estimated to affect as many as 10 to 40% of women, so this is a major problem among the female population.  This study here had to do with looking at outcomes for some of the more common sling procedures that are done to treat incontinence and what are factors that might influence outcomes.  Patients who may be heavier weight still do not necessarily fare more poorly, and perhaps what are greater risk variables are age, and menopausal status, in terms of failing.  :28

Burnett says based on this study ,women who are overweight and having urinary incontinence problems shouldn’t shy away from surgery as an option.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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