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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.


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.