Preoperative hesitating urinary stream is associated with postoperative voiding dysfunction and surgical failure following Burch colposuspension or pubovaginal rectus fascial sling surgery

Tatiana V. Sanses, Linda Brubaker, Yan Xu, Stephen R. Kraus, Jerry L. Lowder, Gary E. Lemack, Peggy Norton, Heather J. Litman, Sharon L. Tennstedt, Toby C. Chai

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Introduction and hypothesis: We hypothesized that certain preoperative voiding symptoms would be correlated with poorer post-continence surgery outcomes in women. Methods: Preoperative voiding symptoms from 655 women were assessed with questionnaires. Outcomes (overall failures, stress-specific failures, and voiding dysfunction) after Burch or sling surgery were measured. Logistic regression models were used to associate preoperative voiding symptoms with postoperative outcomes. Results: Hesitating urinary stream was associated with voiding dysfunction [OR 2.22, p=0.01], overall [OR 1.57, p=0.03], and stress-specific [OR 1.67, p=0.009] failures. A ten-point increase in preoperative Urogenital Distress Inventory-obstructive (UDI-O) subscore was associated with overall [OR 1.10, p=0.049] and stress-specific [OR 1.21, p<0.0001] failures. Even controlling for severity of POPQ stage, significant associations of hesitating urinary stream with voiding dysfunction, overall and stress-specific failures remained. Conclusions: Preoperative hesitating urinary stream and obstructive voiding symptoms were associated with poorer surgical outcomes. Further studies in this area may be fruitful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-719
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011



  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Surgical outcome
  • Voiding dysfunction
  • Voiding symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Urology

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