Long-term effects ten years after maximal electrostimulation of the pelvic floor in women with unstable detrusor and urge incontinence

Bratt, H.; Salvesen, K.A.; Eriksen, B.C.; Kulseng-Hanssen, S.

Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. Supplement 168: 22-24


ISSN/ISBN: 0300-8835
PMID: 9744785
Accession: 008970281

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Objective. The purpose was to study any long-term therapeutic effects of maximal electrical stimulation in female urge incontinence. Methods. A postal questionnaire containing six questions about urinary incontinence was distributed to 30 women who had been treated with maximal stimulation because of unstable detrusor and urge incontinence 9-13 years earlier. The response rate was 90% (27 women). The mean age at follow-up was 62 years. Results. Twenty-one (78%) women reported symptoms of urge incontinence. Among them, 13 had this problem daily, whereas eight only had problems weekly or even more seldom. Nineteen (70%) women reported symptoms of stress incontinence. Twenty-one women would have recommended maximal stimulation to a friend today. Conclusion. After approximately ten years most of the women had symptoms of urge incontinence. This was, however, a minor problem among a third of them. A majority of the women were satisfied with maximal stimulation as a treatment modality. The treatment had not prevented a later occurrence of stress incontinence.