American Urogynecologic Society

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Released June 24, 2020; Updated September 30, 2021

Avoid performing multichannel urodynamics in women with uncomplicated stress urinary incontinence.

Women with uncomplicated stress urinary incontinence should undergo a thorough evaluation and screening that includes the following: a comprehensive history and physical, demonstration of stress incontinence, urinalysis, assessment of urethral mobility, and measurement of post void residual. If results of that screening are normal, and conventional non-surgical treatment fails, then mid-urethral sling surgery can be performed without further testing. Multichannel urodynamics have not been shown to affect surgical treatment outcomes in women with uncomplicated stress urinary incontinence.

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The Clinical Practice Committee of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) reviewed clinical evidence to identify possible topics along with suggestions for possible topics from the AUGS Board of Directors. By consensus, the Clinical Practice Committee selected the top five most overused tests within specified parameters. Additional input was sought from the AUGS Board of Directors and incorporated. The final list was reviewed and approved by the AUGS Board of Directors.

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Committee Opinion No. 603: Evaluation of Uncomplicated Stress Urinary Incontinence in Women Before Surgical Treatment. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2014 Jun;123(6):1403-7.

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