Patient Safety and Surgical Intervention for Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse
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- Gomelsky, A., McCourt, J. & Dmochowski, R.R. Curr Bladder Dysfunct Rep (2012) 7: 187. doi:10.1007/s11884-012-0135-x
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While surgical options for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse continue to become less-invasive, complications can still occur. Measures to standardize the preoperative diagnosis and treatment options are currently being developed. Likewise, the American Urological Association has developed best practice statements regarding the administration of perioperative antibiotics and prevention of deep vein thrombosis in patients undergoing pelvic surgery. Furthermore, other perioperative steps, such as the type of bowel preparation and proper patient positioning, play a significant role in perioperative morbidity. A discussion of available evidence regarding these perioperative issues is presented in this paper.