SUFU 2021: Listening to Women: A Qualitative Analysis of Women’s Experiences With Mesh Mid-Urethral Sling Surgery

( Focus groups and interviews of 11 women, mean age 61 years (range 39-88), were conducted to understand patient experiences regarding Mid Urethral Sling (MUS) surgery and outcomes.

Discussions were recorded and transcribed and transcripts were coded to reflect themes and illustrative quotations. Concerns voiced by these women revolved around 5 themes: healthcare experience, decision making, endorsement of MUS, urinary symptoms, and non-stress urinary incontinence (SUI) concerns. Women reported barriers to SUI care. Not surprisingly, the authors concluded that understanding women’s concerns and expectations prior to MUS surgery would improve the care of women.

Presented by: Pansy Uberoi, Wai Lee, Donna Berry, Kathleen Kobashi, Alvaro Lucioni, and Una Lee, Virginia Mason, Seattle, WA, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Written by: Diane K. Newman, DNP, CRNP, FAAN, BCB-PMD, Nurse Practioner and Co-Director, Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health Adjunct Professor of Urology in Surgery during the 2021 Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) Winter Meeting.