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Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica 2008 June;60(2):105-12

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Management of stress urinary incontinence

Ward R. M., Sung V. W.

Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Women and Infants’ Hospital Providence, RI, USA


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Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a common disorder that does not require treatment unless bothersome to the patient. The evaluation includes a thorough history and physical in order to evaluate for other bladder and pelvic floor disorders. Multichannel urodynamics are not necessary for the diagnosis of SUI, but may be helpful when choosing among appropriate treatment options and for patient counseling. Behavioral and physical therapies are appropriate first-line treatments and should be discussed with all patients, even those desiring surgical treatment. Conservative treatments include the use of pessaries to improve urethral support. Multiple surgical options exist. While mid-urethral slings are commonly used today, there is a still a role for traditional pubovaginal slings and the Burch retropubic urethropexy.

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