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About the Audit

There are a number of surgical options available for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI), including:

This audit includes all surgical treatments for both primary and recurrent stress urinary incontinence.

You can get information about urinary incontinence (causes and treatments) elsewhere on this website by clicking here, or download individual information fealfets about the various surgical treatments using the PDF links above.

To read more about the options available to treat female stress urinary incontinence, including drugs and other non-surgical treatments, please click here.

This is the sixth 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). 

Outcomes data are only published for those centres or Consultants who have submitted follow up data on more than 50% of their patients. 

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.   

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 the latest 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.

It is also important to note that as a result of the COVID-19 crisis some surgeons and units may have been unable to submit all or any of their 2019 data.

Complications from vaginal mesh (mid-urethral tape) insertion

Click here for further information about mesh complications, and to find a list of contacts in centres that have agreed to review women with mesh-related problems.