AUA 2016: Procedures for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence: a national comparison of postoperative complications between urologists and gynecologists

Both urologic and gynecologic surgeons perform female pelvic and reconstructive surgery.  Current Procedural Terminology was used to identify patients within the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project undergoing pelvic procedures such as colpopexy, sling procedures, and vaginal prolapse repair with and without the use of mesh between the years 2006-2013. 

The total number of procedures was 45,228.  Gynecologists performed the majority of all procedures, operated on younger and healthier patients, had longer operative time and length of stay.  Gynecologists were also more likely to have infectious complications post-operatively and were more likely to have overall complications floor sling procedures.    

Presented by: Marissa Velez, et al. at 2016 AUA Annual Meeting - May 6 - 10, 2016 – San Diego, California, USA

Written by: 
Diane K. Newman, DNP, Adjunct Professor of Urology in Surgery, Research Investigator Senior and Co-Director, Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health
University of Pennsylvania, Division of Urology, 3400 Spruce Street, 3rd Floor Perelman Bldg, Philadelphia, PA. 19104