About the Audit
There are a number of surgical options available for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI) including insertion of mid-urethral sling tapes, coloposuspension, periurethral bulking agents, autologous sling procedures and artificial urinary sphincters. This audit has included all surgical treatments for both primary and recurrent stress urinary incontinence.
Click for information about urinary incontinence (causes and treatments) or download individual information leaflets for the various surgical treatments.
This is the second year that the Section of Female, Neurological and Urodynamic Urology (SFNUU) has published SUI data and the Section's Executive Committee has taken the decision to keep the published data as simple as possible. We will, therefore, give details only of the type and number of operations performed by each surgeon / centre, together with information about surgeon / unit post-operative complication rates, and some patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS).
Outcome data is only published for those centres or Consultants who have submitted follow up data on more than 50% of their cases.
Cumulative data from previous years are available on the Data & Audit pages of the Professionals section.
Interpretation of the data
There is considerable variation in data completeness and there is insufficient information for risk adjustment, but this may be possible in future years. This is an important first step which we are keen to build on in future years.
The data presented are surgeon-reported, by entry into the BAUS Data & Audit system. There is, therefore, no method for reliably validating the data other than by comparing with Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) .
There are no financial incentives (or sanctions) for hospitals and Trusts to support collection of SUI data, and this may also account for the data being incomplete.