Thursday, February 25, 2010

Female Urinary Incontinence Surgeries Go Head-to-Head

(HealthDay News) -- The results of a new head-to-head trial could help women with stress urinary incontinence decide between two surgeries -- called the Burch and the sling -- that are commonly used to correct the condition.

According to the study, "The sling was more effective in resolving urinary incontinence symptoms than the Burch, and it also showed significantly higher satisfaction rates," said study co-author Dr. Michael E. Albo, an associate professor of surgery at the University of California, San Diego. "The trade-off was that there were higher rates of complications with the sling."

The findings were presented Monday at the American Urological Association's annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif. They will also be published in the May 24 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Read more...

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