In a nutshell
This study looked at urinary tract infections (UTIs) one year after a sling procedure to treat incontinence. The study found that 21% of women who underwent a sling procedure had a UTI within a year.
UTI is an infection of the urethra (tube which carries urine from bladder to outside the body) and bladder. Sling procedures are currently the most common type of surgery used to help control stress urinary incontinence. It is important to research if treatment for incontinence with a sling procedure is linked to UTIs.
Methods & findings
The records of 178 women were analyzed. All women were treated with a sling procedure for stress urinary incontinence.
UTI was found in the urine of 38 patients (21%) within a year after surgery. E.coli was the most common (55%) strand of bacteria found in the urine samples.
Patients who were in the hospital for longer or re-admitted within a year after surgery had a significantly increased chance of UTI.
The bottom line
The study concluded that UTI was associated with a surgical sling operation and longer hospital stay.
Published By :
European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology
Jan 30, 2018
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