Findings of universal cystoscopy at incontinence surgery and their sequelae

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Objective The purpose of this study was to report the frequency of abnormal cystoscopy at incontinence surgery and to identify risk factors and sequelae of injury. Study Design Findings of cystoscopy were collected prospectively in 3 multicenter surgical trials. Clinical, demographic, and procedure characteristics and surgeon experience were analyzed for association with iatrogenic injury and noninjury abnormalities. Impact of abnormalities on continence outcomes and adverse events during 12 months after the procedure were assessed. Results Abnormal findings in the bladder or urethra were identified in 95 of 1830 women (5.2%). Most injuries (75.8%) were iatrogenic. Lower urinary tract (LUT) injury was most common at retropubic urethropexy and retropubic midurethral sling (MUS) procedures (6.4% each), followed by autologous pubovaginal sling procedures (1.7%) and transobturator MUS (0.4%). Increasing age (56.9 vs 51.9 years; P =.04), vaginal deliveries (3.2 vs 2.6; P =.04), and blood loss (393 vs 218 mL; P =.01) were associated with LUT injury during retropubic urethropexy; however, only age (62.9 vs 51.4 years; P =.02) and smoking history (P =.04) were associated for pubovaginal sling procedures. No factors correlated with increased risk of injury at retropubic and transobturator MUS. Notably, previous incontinence surgery, concomitant procedures, anesthesia type, and trainee participation did not increase LUT injury frequency. Although discharge with an indwelling catheter was more common after trocar perforation compared with the noninjury group (55.6% vs 18.5%; P <.001), they did not differ in overall success, voiding dysfunction, recurrent urinary tract infections, or urge urinary incontinence. Conclusion Universal cystoscopy at incontinence surgery detects abnormalities in 1 in 20 women. Urinary trocar perforations that are addressed intraoperatively have no long-term adverse sequelae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480.e1-480.e8
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • cystoscopy
  • iatrogenic bladder injury
  • incontinence surgery


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