Surgical Treatment of Female Stress Urinary Incontinence: AUA/SUFU Guideline

Kathleen C. Kobashi, Michael E. Albo, Roger R. Dmochowski, David A. Ginsberg, Howard B. Goldman, Alexander Gomelsky, Stephen R. Kraus, Jaspreet S. Sandhu, Tracy Shepler, Jonathan R. Treadwell, Sandip Vasavada, Gary E. Lemack

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Purpose Stress urinary incontinence is a common problem experienced by many women that can have a significant negative impact on the quality of life of those who suffer from the condition and potentially those friends and family members whose lives and activities may also be limited. Materials and Methods A comprehensive search of the literature was performed by ECRI Institute. This search included articles published between January 2005 and December 2015 with an updated abstract search conducted through September 2016. When sufficient evidence existed, the body of evidence for a particular treatment was assigned a strength rating of A (high), B (moderate), or C (low) for support of Strong, Moderate, or Conditional Recommendations. In the absence of sufficient evidence, additional information is provided as Clinical Principles and Expert Opinions. Results The AUA (American Urological Association) and SUFU (Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction) have formulated an evidence-based guideline focused on the surgical treatment of female stress urinary incontinence in both index and non-index patients. Conclusions The surgical options for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence continue to evolve; as such, this guideline and the associated algorithm aim to outline the currently available treatment techniques as well as the data associated with each treatment. Indeed, the Panel recognizes that this guideline will require continued literature review and updating as further knowledge regarding current and future options continues to grow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)875-883
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2017


  • algorithms
  • female
  • stress
  • urinary incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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