The long-term outcome of fascial sling operation in female stress urinary incontinence: Multicenter study in Korea

Jong Bouk Lee, Won Hee Park, Yoo Sik Lee, Joo Tae Seo, Suk San Park, Ha Young Kim, Duk Yoon Kim, Yong Gil Na, Young Kyung Park, Ha Na Yoon, Dae Kyung Kim

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Purpose: To evaluate the long-term outcomes of fascial sling operation conducted at multicenters in Korea. Materials and methods: 564 patients, who underwent fascial sling operation for stress urinary incontinence, between December 1996 and May 2001, at 10 institutions in Korea, were included in this study. They were all followed up for a period of at least 2 years. History taking, a physical examination, and urodynamic studies, including Valsalva leak point pressure (VLPP), were conducted before the operation. Postoperative symptoms and satisfaction were assessed using a questionnaire. The 269 (47.7%), 266 (47.2%) and 29 (5.1%) patients underwent operations with autologous rectus fascia, cadaveric allograft fascia and autologous fascia lata, respectively. Results: The mean follow up period was 43.6 months, ranging from 24 to 77 months. Stress urinary incontinence was cured in 485 (86.0%) patients and improved in 31 (5.5%). In autologous fascia group, 252 (84.6%) patients were cured and 18 (6.0%) improved; whereas, in allograft fascia group 233 (87.6%) patients were cured and 13 (4.9%) improved. 253 (84.9%) patients with autologous fascia and 228 (85.7%) patients with allograft fascia were satisfied, making a total of 481 patients (85.3%) that were satisfied with the operation. According to the fascia length and preoperative VLPP value, there were no differences in the success and patient satisfaction rates. There were 197 (34.9%) patients with preoperative urge urinary incontinence, and 92 (46.7%) of these were either cured or improved postoperatively. However, de novo urge urinary incontinence was noted in 8 patients (1.4%). Conclusions: Our results suggest that the long-term outcome of fascial sling operation for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence was satisfactory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)950-955
Number of pages6
JournalKorean Journal of Urology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2005


  • Fascia
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Stress
  • Urinary incontinence


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