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Quality of life after treatment with midurethral sling and concomitant prolapse repair in patients with mixed versus stress urinary incontinence


  • Conflicts of interest: none.

  • Lori Birder led the review process.



To compare quality of life in patients with mixed urinary incontinence (MUI) to stress urinary incontinence (SUI) after treatment with a retropubic midurethral sling and concomitant prolapse repair.


Sixty-three patients met inclusion criteria. Patients completed the short form of the urogenital distress inventory (UDI-6) questionnaire pre- and postoperatively. Concomitant procedures included anterior/posterior colporrhaphy, paravaginal repair, LeForte, vaginal hysterectomy, and sacrospinous ligament fixation.


Preoperatively, those with MUI had significantly higher UDI-6 scores (59.8 ± 16.6 vs. 42.3 ± 14.5, respectively, P < 0.0001). Postoperatively, there was no difference in UDI-6 scores (P = 0.87). Subjective cure rate for SUI was the same in patients with MUI versus SUI (73%). Patients with MUI demonstrated a significantly greater improvement in UDI-6 scores as compared to patients with SUI.


Patients with MUI compared with SUI demonstrated a greater improvement in quality of life after midurethral sling placement and concomitant pelvic organ prolapse repair as assessed by a disease-specific quality of life questionnaire (UDI-6). Neurourol. Urodynam. 30: 1507–1511, 2011. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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