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POP and UI Knowledge in Bariatric Surgery

Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg; ePub 2019 Jan 11; Paka, et al

Women planning bariatric surgery had less pelvic organ prolapse (POP) knowledge than the general population, but were as knowledgeable in urinary incontinence (UI), a recent study found. The study population was compared with a general population described in a previously published study. An anonymous survey was administered to adult women who attended a bariatric surgery information session from May 2015 to January 2016. Researchers found:

  • 315 participants completed the survey (88% response rate) with 196 women (62.2%) having at least 1 bothersome pelvic floor disorders (PFD) symptom.
  • The study population was at least proficient in UI knowledge as the general population, but not for POP knowledge.
  • A high proportion of women with UI or POP symptoms would seek care, but embarrassment to discuss UI or POP negatively impacted knowledge.

Citation:

Paka C, Hallock J, Trock B, Steele K, James Wright E. Urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse knowledge, care-seeking, and embarrassment in women planning bariatric surgery. A cross-sectional study. [Published online ahead of print January 11, 2019]. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. doi:10.1097/SPV.0000000000000688.