alexa The male sling for stress urinary incontinence: 24-month followup with questionnaire based assessment.


Medical & Surgical Urology

Author(s): Ullrich NF, Comiter CV

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Abstract PURPOSE: Stress urinary incontinence after prostate surgery can be a bothersome problem, adversely affecting quality of life. We performed a prospective study of the male perineal sling for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence with a minimum 1-year followup. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 36 patients (average age 67 years old) underwent male sling surgery. Patients underwent preoperative and postoperative evaluation for bother due to urinary incontinence using the UCLA Prostate Cancer Index urinary function section as well as pad score. RESULTS: Median followup was 25 months (range 12 to 42). After surgery 24 (67\%) patients were pad-free, 5 (14\%) used 1 pad, 4 (11\%) used 2 pads and 3 (8\%) continued to use 3 or more pads daily. Overall, mean pad use +/- SD decreased from 4.6 +/- 2.5 to 0.64 +/- 1.0 pads daily (p <0.001). A total of 30 (83\%) patients reported a small to no bother from urine leakage after surgery, 3 (8\%) considered leakage a moderate problem, while 3 (8\%) continued to consider it a big problem. The median UCLA Prostate Cancer Index urinary function score was improved from 33 before surgery to 330 after surgery (p <0.001). There were no instances of erosion, infection or prolonged retention. CONCLUSIONS: Medium term results for the male sling demonstrate a success rate comparable to that of the artificial urinary sphincter (67\% pad-free rate and 92\% improvement). This technique has established a low morbidity and has not been associated with any significant complications. Longer followup will ultimately establish whether this technique represents a viable long-term alternative to artificial urinary sphincter for the treatment of bothersome stress urinary incontinence in men. This article was published in J Urol and referenced in Medical & Surgical Urology

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