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Treatment of recurrent stress urinary incontinence after failed minimally invasive synthetic suburethral tape surgery in women

Lookup NU author(s): Paul Hilton


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Background Surgery is a common treatment modality for stress urinary incontinence (SUI), usually offered for women who fail conservative treatments. Suburethral tapes have superseded colposuspension because cure rates are comparable and recovery time reduced. However, some women will not be cured after suburethral tape surgery, and currently there is no consensus on how to manage these women. Objectives To obtain and examine evidence supporting different management strategies for recurrent/persistent stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women after failed suburethral tape surgery. Search methods We searched the Cochrane Incontinence Group Specialised Register of controlled trials (searched 18 December 2012), which contains trials identified from the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE and PreMEDLINE; and hand-searched journals and conference proceedings, and the reference lists of included studies and previous Cochrane reviews for randomised or quasi-randomised studies treating patients with recurrent incontinence, either as the sole population or a subset. Conservative, medical and surgical treatments were included. Selection criteria We included randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials in women who had recurrent urinary incontinence after previous minimally invasive suburethral tape surgery. Data collection and analysis Abstracts of identified studies were checked by two authors to confirm eligibility. Full text reports of relevant studies were obtained, and authors were contacted directly where necessary. Outcome data were extracted onto a standard proforma and processed according to the methods in the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. Main results Twelve studies were identified, but all were excluded because they did not meet the eligibility criteria. Six were randomised controlled trials (RCTs) but were not eligible because the previous incontinence surgery was not a suburethral tape. A subset of one RCT may have been eligible for inclusion because some of the women were having repeat surgery, but we were unable to obtain from the authors the data according to primary surgery for this cohort. Authors' conclusions There were no data to recommend or refute any of the different management strategies for recurrent or persistent stress incontinence after failed suburethral tape surgery. Evidence is urgently required to address this deficiency, ideally from RCTs.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bakali E, Buckley BS, Hilton P, Tincello DG

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Year: 2013

Issue: 2

Print publication date: 28/02/2013

ISSN (electronic): 1469-493X



DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009407.pub2