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Women needed for the largest government-sponsored incontinence study

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC) is recruiting 100 women for the largest urinary incontinence study to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health. The multi-center trial will compare the "Burch" and the "Sling" surgical procedures. The two procedures are the most common standard treatment options for stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The $10 million study is the first to compare the techniques.

"Each of these procedures has an 85 percent to 90 percent success rate," said Stephen R. Kraus, M.D., lead investigator of the UTHSC study and head of female urology at the Health Science Center. "Our study will now determine which of these standard procedures keeps women dry longer, requires the least hospital time and has the fewest side effects."

SUI is the accidental loss of urine that occurs with exercise, sneezing, laughing, coughing or any activity that may put pressure on the abdomen or bladder. It affects women of all ages, but usually occurs in middle-aged women who have had several children or a hysterectomy.

Women interested in the study must be at least 21 years old, have suffered from SUI for at least three months and have no neurological diseases. Participants will be randomly selected for either procedure and participants will not receive placebos. All participants will receive treatment that meets the standard of care for SUI, as well as follow-up care from a female urology specialist. Participants interested in the UTHSC study can receive treatment at the Health Science Center, Wilford Hall Medical Center or the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie L. Murphy Division. The UTHSC is one of nine institutions involved in the study in the United States.

For more information or to enroll in the study, call Caren Prather, R.N., at (210) 567-0548 or Sylvia Escobedo Sluder, C.C.R.P., at (210) 567-0550.

Contacts: Amanda Gallagher
Aileen Salinas