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PURPOSE: Our urethrolysis cohort demonstrated an unusual delay time to surgical treatment of bladder outlet obstruction. We determined whether urethrolysis outcomes, ie persistent bladder symptoms, were associated with time between sling and urethrolysis surgeries. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of all patients who underwent urethrolysis for post-sling voiding dysfunction between June 1997 and June 2002 was performed. We excluded from study 6 patients with a known history of overactive bladder symptoms, neurogenic bladder dysfunction and use of anticholinergic pharmacotherapy before stress incontinence surgery. The remaining 15 patients were stratified into 2 outcomes groups based upon the absence or presence of post-urethrolysis bladder storage symptoms. Patients (7) in group 1 have no current bladder symptoms. Patients (8) in group 2 still require anticholinergic drug therapy for significant bladder symptoms of frequency and urgency. Data collected for the 2 groups included mean age, existence of urinary retention before urethrolysis, mean time to urethrolysis in months, urethrolysis outcome based upon subjective bladder symptoms and followup duration. For comparison of mean age between groups the standard t test was used. Fisher's exact test was used to compare frequency of urinary retention before urethrolysis between groups. Lastly the Mann-Whitney U test was conducted to compare time to urethrolysis between groups. All statistical analyses were conducted using the SPSS software package (SPSS, Inc., Chicago, Illinois). RESULTS: There was no statistically significant difference between the groups with respect to age or frequency of urinary retention before urethrolysis. Time to urethrolysis for the whole cohort ranged from 2 to 66 months. Mean followup after urethrolysis was 17.3 +/- 22.9 months. Comparison of mean time between incontinence and urethrolysis surgeries between group 1 (9.0 +/- 10.1 months) and group 2 (31.25 +/- 21.9 months) demonstrated a statistically significant difference (p = 0.01). CONCLUSIONS: This urethrolysis population demonstrated an unusual delay time to surgical treatment of bladder outlet obstruction. We categorized the cohort according to absence or presence of persistent bladder storage symptoms, and found a strong association between persistent bladder symptoms and greater delay to urethrolysis.


Journal article


J Urol

Publication Date





1379 - 1381


Aged, Cohort Studies, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Middle Aged, Postoperative Complications, Reoperation, Retrospective Studies, Urinary Bladder Neck Obstruction, Urinary Incontinence, Stress, Urinary Retention, Urodynamics