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International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 346–351 | Cite as

Colposuspension Success and Failure: A Long-term Objective Follow-up Study

  • H. P. Dietz
  • P. D. Wilson
Original Article

Abstract

The Burch colposuspension is regarded as one of the most successful procedures for the operative treatment of genuine stress incontinence. In this study the authors have attempted to define long-term subjective and objective success rates. Of 121 patients operated on between 1985 and 1995, 83 were fully assessed: 77% (64/83) had no stress leakage, but 41% (34/83) were suffering from urge incontinence. On clinical assessment 6 cases of uterine prolapse or vault descent, 21 cystoceles (25%) and 47 rectoceles or rectoenteroceles (57%) were detected, all but 8 being asymptomatic. On ultrasound 64/83 patients (77%) had a normal result. Ten patients demonstrated bladder neck hypermobility and in 9 there was urethral funneling without hypermobility. Survival analysis showed that the likelihood of all types of failure and of abnormal ultrasound findings increased over time. It is proposed that long-term results after incontinence surgery be presented as survival analysis.

Key words:Colposuspension – Failure – Long-term results – Perineal ultrasound – Ultrasound 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. P. Dietz
    • 1
  • P. D. Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New ZealandNZ

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