Author(s): Horstmann M, Fischer I, Vollmer C, Horton K, Kurz M,
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: To compare pre- and postoperative urodynamic findings in patients with a bulbourethral composite suspension and intraoperative urodynamically controlled sling tension adjustment. METHODS AND PATIENTS: All data were prospectively collected from 10 patients (mean age 66 years) who successfully underwent bulbourethral composite suspension for moderate to severe postprostatectomy incontinence. Patients were evaluated preoperatively and 3-6 months postoperatively by urodynamic measurements, including urethra pressure profiles (UPPs) and pressure flow studies (PFSs). Clinical outcome was evaluated by patient-reported pad use and questionnaires (ICIQ-UI SF and I-QOL). Intraoperatively sling tension was adjusted under repeated urodynamic measurements of abdominal leak point pressure. Data were evaluated using the Kruskal-Wallis Wilcoxon test. RESULTS: Sling implantation was successful in all patients. Pre- to postoperative pad use decreased significantly (P < .005). Five patients were pad-free, 3 used 1 pad, and 2 used 2 pads per day. Continence and quality of life improved significantly (ICIQ-UI SF: pre-op 17 vs post-op 4.9; I-QOL: pre-op 66 vs post-op 91; P < .05 for both). Urodynamic parameters during the filling phase remained unchanged. UPPs revealed a significant increase of the maximal urethral closure pressure (pre-op 40 cm H(2)O vs post-op 58 cm H(2)O) and functional length (pre-op 31 mm vs post-op 40 mm; P < .05 for both). Postoperatively, urodynamic maximal flow rates were slightly reduced from 16 mL/s to 12 mL/s (P = .4). PFSs revealed an unobstructed voiding in all patients. CONCLUSIONS: According to the present evaluation, a bulbourethral composite suspension with intraoperative urodynamically controlled sling tension adjustment improves continence without causing prolonged clinically or urodynamically significant voiding obstruction. Copyright Â© 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Urology
and referenced in Medical & Surgical Urology