Performance of Perioperative Tasks for Women Undergoing Anti-incontinence Surgery: Developed by the AUGS Quality Improvement and Outcomes Research Network

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Urogynecology (Philadelphia, Pa.)

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Humans; Female; Urinary Incontinence, Stress (surgery); Quality Improvement; Retrospective Studies; Quality of Life; Urinary Incontinence (surgery); Outcome Assessment, Health Care


OBJECTIVES: Surgery for the correction of stress urinary incontinence is an elective procedure that can have a dramatic and positive impact on quality of life. Anti-incontinence procedures, like inguinal hernia repairs or cholecystectomies, can be classified as high-volume/low-morbidity procedures. The performance of a standard set of perioperative tasks has been suggested as one way to optimize quality of care in elective high-volume/low-morbidity procedures. Our primary objective was to evaluate the performance of 5 perioperative tasks-(1) offering nonsurgical treatment, (2) performance of a standard preoperative prolapse examination, (3) cough stress test, (4) postvoid residual test, and (5) intraoperative cystoscopy for women undergoing surgery for stress urinary incontinence-compared among surgeons with and without board certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS). STUDY DESIGN: This study was a retrospective chart review of anti-incontinence surgical procedures performed between 2011 and 2013 at 9 health systems. Cases were reviewed for surgical volume, adverse outcomes, and the performance of 5 perioperative tasks and compared between surgeons with and without FPMRS certification. RESULTS: Non-FPMRS surgeons performed fewer anti-incontinence procedures than FPMRS-certified surgeons. Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery surgeons were more likely to perform all 5 perioperative tasks compared with non-FPMRS surgeons. After propensity matching, FPMRS surgeons had fewer patients readmitted within 30 days of surgery compared with non-FPMRS surgeons. CONCLUSIONS: Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery surgeons performed higher volumes of anti-incontinence procedures, were more likely to document the performance of the 5 perioperative tasks, and were less likely to have their patients readmitted within 30 days.

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