A study in this week's 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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