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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 257-262

The surgical treatment of female stress urinary incontinence

Department of Urology, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Christopher K Harding
6 Pasturefield, Sedgefield
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.65401

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Urinary incontinence is a common symptom experienced by significant numbers of adult women. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is the most frequently encountered type and affects around 50% of incontinent females. Many affected women do not consult their doctors about this troublesome symptom perhaps based on a belief that they cannot be helped. Recent years have seen the development of several new and popular techniques for the surgical treatment of this condition and many of the "gold standard" procedures for stress incontinence have been challenged. Currently, evidence in favor of the use of sub-urethral tapes especially tension-free vaginal tapes suggests that a new standard of low morbidity and high efficacy surgical treatment for SUI has been set. This review is intended to examine all of the surgical options for the treatment of SUI and provide health care professionals with an overview of the vast array of currently available procedures.

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