By Dr. Bret Lewis
Many patients who are seen in our office and are contemplating a hysterectomy are concerned about the possible effects on their bladder. An article published in Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey in 2012 present some very reassuring evidence.
This article reviewed research studies done between the years 1950 and 2009 looking at symptoms of urinary incontinence or and after hysterectomy. There were 12 studies included in this analysis.
- 780 patients were studied
- Symptoms of urinary incontinence were significantly reduced after hysterectomy
- Overactive bladder symptoms were significantly reduced after hysterectomy.
- There was no significant change to urine flow rate after hysterectomy
- Hysterectomy does not increase the risk of urinary problems and may even improve some urinary function
- Duru C, Jha S, Lashen H Urodynamic Outcomes After Hysterectomy for Benign Conditions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey, 2012; 67, 1: 45-54.
If you have any questions about hysterectomy or urinary incontinence, call us to make an appointment with Dr. Bret Lewis or any of the doctors at Northside Northpoint OB/GYN at 404-255-3633. We have offices in Sandy Springs (Atlanta, Georgia) on the campus of Northside Hospital and in Alpharetta, Georgia.