Study Concludes That Two Types of Urinary Incontinence Surgical Procedures Are Equivalent

The University of Maryland is one of nine academic medical centers which comprise the Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network (UITN), sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The UITN was established in July 2000 to study urinary incontinence in women. We are actively involved in research with the NIH to identify treatments for incontinence and offer the latest techniques to those who participate.

A study in New England Journal of Medicine concludes that the two most common types of surgery to treat stress urinary incontinence in women are equivalent in objective outcomes. Stress urinary incontinence affects up to 50 percent of women in the United States.

Two surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Toby C. Chai, M.D., an urologist, and Harry W. Johnson, Jr., M.D., an urogynecologist, participated in the multi-center, randomized study. It compared the outcomes of two different types of sling procedures in nearly 600 women.

The results of this study were presented in San Francisco on May 17, 2010 at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Clinical Meeting.

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This page was last updated: July 8, 2013

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