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Artificial urinary sphincter implantation used to treat stress urinary incontinence

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Laparoscopic implantation of the artificial urinary sphincters (AUS) to treat women with stress urinary incontinence is a safe and efficient procedure.

This is the conclusion of a study of 25 women who had implants between April 2005 to July 2009.

Following the procedure, five patients developed urinary retention; four had a urinary catheter inserted for two days; and one patient with spina bifida had a suprapubic catheter for four weeks following the procedure.

During the follow-up, two treatment failures due to vaginal erosion were identified and the AUS was removed. Nineteen patients reported that they were continent and four achieved social continence.

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