The Raz bladder neck suspension: Results in 206 patients

S. Raz, E. M. Sussman, D. B. Erickson, K. J. Bregg, V. W. Nitti, J. G. Blaivas

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We reviewed the charts of 206 patients who underwent the Raz bladder neck suspension between January 1984 and June 1990 for stress urinary incontinence. Mean followup was 15 months. Overall, our results demonstrated a successful outcome (cure or rare stress urinary incontinence not requiring protection) in 186 of 206 patients (90.3%). Cox multivariant analysis showed that the only predictor of outcome was the degree of preoperative stress urinary incontinence (mild, moderate or severe, p <0.001). When the results were stratified by degree of incontinence preoperatively 20 of 21 patients (95%) with mild, 151 of 162 (93%) with moderate and 15 of 23 (65%) with severe incontinence had a successful outcome. No statistical correlation was found with patient age, number of prior operations, hysterectomy, urgency incontinence or menopause. For the patients who failed, the mean interval to recurrent stress urinary incontinence was 5 months. Significant urgency incontinence was present preoperatively in 58 of the 204 patients (29%), with postoperative resolution in 66%. De novo urgency incontinence occurred in 7.5%. Complications included secondary prolapse (6% of the patients), prolonged retention (2.5%) and suprapubic pain (3%). In summary, the Raz bladder neck suspension for correction of stress urinary incontinence has been successful in more than 90% of this patient population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)845-849
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number3 I
StatePublished - 1992


  • bladder
  • urinary incontinence, stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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