Does urodynamic investigation improve outcome in patients undergoing prolapse surgery?

J. P.W.R. Roovers*, J. O.E.H. Van Laar, C. Loffeld, G. L. Bremer, B. W. Mol, M. Y. Bongers

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Aims: Without solid evidence, it has been advocated to perform urodynamic investigation in all patients scheduled for prolapse surgery. If urodynamic investigations were to be valuable in the diagnostic work-up, patients with normal and abnormal findings would have different treatment results. Our policy to never combine prolapse surgery and stress-incontinence surgery allowed us to study whether incontinence after surgery can be predicted from urodynamic investigation results. Methods: A retrospective study was performed in consecutive patients undergoing vaginal prolapse surgery (anterior colporraphy and/or posterior colporraphy, and/or vaginal hysterectomy) between 2002 and 2004. All patients underwent pre-operative urodynamic investigation, including filling cystometry, urethral pressure profile measurement, and free flow cystometry. Data were collected from the files about medical history, findings at pelvic examination, findings at urodynamic investigation and presence of stress- and/or urge-incontinence after surgery. Results: We studied 76 patients, of whom 5 (7%) patients reported stress-incontinence and 5 (7%) patients reported urge-incontinence after surgery. Findings at urodynamic investigation could not predict the presence of stress- or urge-incontinence after surgery. Likelihood ratios (LR) of prior presence of urge and stress-incontinence for the presence of post-operative urge- and stress-incontinence were 4.5 and 1.2, respectively. Of all findings at urodynamic investigation, only negative transmission during cough test was associated with presence of stress-incontinence (LR = 1.5). Conclusions: The prevalence of incontinence after prolapse surgery is low. None of the investigated parameters of the urodynamic investigation tests was associated with the presence of urinary incontinence after surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-175
Number of pages6
JournalNeurourology and Urodynamics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2007


  • Diagnostic work-up
  • Prolapse surgery
  • Stress-incontinence
  • Urge-incontinence
  • Urodynamic investigation


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