, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 303-309,
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Date: 17 Nov 2009

When to perform urodynamics before mid-urethral sling surgery for female stress urinary incontinence?


Introduction and hypothesis

Development of a model that can predict in which group of women pre-operative urodynamics can be safely omitted.


Three hundred and eighty-one uncomplicated women who underwent pre-operative urodynamics were evaluated. A multivariate logistic regression model was developed based on medical history and physical examination predicting a high probability group of women with detrusor overactivity or a low (<20 cm H2O) mean urethral closure pressure and, therefore, are likely to benefit from urodynamics.


Women are likely to benefit from pre-operative urodynamics if they (1) are 53 years of age or older or (2) have a history of prior incontinence surgery and are at least 29 years of age or (3) have nocturia complaints and are at least 36 years of age.


If urogynaecologists omitted pre-operative urodynamics in women in the low probability group, in our population, pre-operative urodynamics would be reduced by 29%.