April 26, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 17


Of Note


Women needed for incontinence study

The division of urology is recruiting women suffering from stress urinary incontinence (SUI) for a surgical study. Dr. Stephen Kraus, assistant professor in the department of surgery, will compare the overall treatment success of the "Burch" and the "Sling" procedures. Both are standard surgical procedures to treat SUI.

SUI is the accidental loss of urine that occurs with exercise, sneezing, laughing, coughing or any other 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.

Many treatment options are available, but surgical management of SUI is considered the mainstay. "While the Burch and Sling surgeries have been performed for years, the two have never been studied or compared in a meaningful and reliable manner," said Caren Prather, a registered nurse and member of the division of urology incontinence and voiding dysfunction research team. Dr. Kraus' study will determine which of these procedures keeps women dry longer, requires the least amount of hospital time and has the fewest side effects.

Women interested in participating 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 one of the procedures and will not know which surgery doctors performed until after the procedure.

For more information or to enroll in the study, call Prather at ext. 7-0548 or Sylvia Escobedo Sluder at ext. 7-0550.

The UTHSC is one of nine institutions involved in the study nationwide. Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC) is slated as a future site for eligible military beneficiaries. Dr. R. Duane Cespedes, director of female urology and urodynamics in the department of urology, is the principal investigator at the WHMC site. Patient recruitment for eligible military beneficiaries will begin in the near future at Wilford Hall.