|December 2012 · Vol. 24, No. 12
EXAMINING THE EVIDENCE
Does urodynamic testing beforeNot for straightforward stress urinary incontinence. This multicenter, randomized, noninferiority trial from the Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network found no significant differences in 1-year outcomes between women who underwent urodynamic testing versus those who did not.
surgery for stress incontinence
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Chair, Department of Gynecology, and Head, Section of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, Florida.
Nager and colleagues conducted their trial to determine whether urodynamic testing is necessary before midurethral sling surgery for simple, “garden-variety” stress urinary incontinence (SUI). In their trial, 630 women were randomly assigned to undergo office evaluation with urodynamic tests (n = 315) or office evaluation only (n = 315). Surgical treatment was successful in 76.9% of women in the urodynamic-testing group and in 77.2% of women in the office evaluation-only group (95% confidence interval [CI], –7.5 to 6.9) as long as 1 year after surgery. There were no significant differences between groups in quality of life, patient satisfaction, and other secondary measures of incontinence severity. Investigators concluded that preoperative office evaluation (positive stress test, urethral hypermobility, normal postvoid residual, and negative urinalysis) is not inferior to urodynamic testing.
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