OBJECTIVE: To estimate whether the mode of anesthesia (and the resultant ability or inability to perform the cough-stress test) used during the tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) procedure affects postoperative continence. METHODS: A cohort of 170 women who underwent the TVT procedure without any other concomitant surgery completed the short form of the Urogenital Distress Inventory (UDI-6) to assess their continence status preoperatively and postoperatively. Chi-squared, t, and Mann-Whitney U tests were used to determine the association between these data and anesthesia type during univariate analysis. RESULTS: Both anesthesia groups showed significant improvement from their preoperative UDI-6 scores to their postoperative scores. However, when comparing the change from pre- to postoperative UDI-Stress Symptoms subscale scores between the 2 groups, we found a significant difference. Mean improvement in the local group was 58.3 (± 33.8) compared with 41.7 (± 39.4) in the general group (P = .02). CONCLUSION. Women who undergo TVT show significant improvements in incontinence severity regardless of anesthesia type. However, greater improvements in stress incontinence, as measured by the UDI-Stress Symptoms subscale, are seen when the TVT is placed while using the cough-stress test under local analgesia.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Obstetrics and gynecology|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology