Lifetime Surgery Risk for Stress Urinary Incontinence or Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Charles W. Nager, MD


The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) 

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Wu JM, Matthews CA, Conover MM, Pate V, Jonsson Funk MJ. Lifetime risk of stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse surgery. Obstet Gynecol. 2014;123(6):1201-1206.

Using a US claims and encounters database (2007-2011), researchers examined women aged 18 to 89 years and estimated age-specific incidence rates and cumulative incidence of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) surgery, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgery, and either incontinence or prolapse surgery with 95% confidence intervals (CIs). They evaluated 10,177,480 adult women who were followed for 24,979,447 person-years. Overall, there was a lifetime risk of any primary surgery for SUI or POP of 20.0% (95% CI, 19.9-20.2) by the age of 80 years (risk for SUI surgery was 13.6%, and risk for POP surgery was 12.6%).