Quality of life after surgery for genital prolapse in elderly women: obliterative and reconstructive surgery.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

The objective of this study was to determine if obliterative and reconstructive vaginal surgery for advanced pelvic organ prolapse improve quality of life in elderly women. Women age 65 years or older with stage 3 or 4 pelvic organ prolapse who desired surgical correction were prospectively enrolled. The subjects underwent either obliterative or reconstructive vaginal surgery based on their personal preference and sexual expectations. The subjects received a pelvic organ prolapse quantitation examination and completed the pelvic floor distress inventory (PFDI), the pelvic floor impact questionnaire (PFIQ), the SF-36, and the Beck depression inventory preoperatively, 6 and 12 months after surgery. Seventy-nine subjects were enrolled, 70 of whom completed follow-up: 30 in the obliterative group and 40 in the reconstructive group. Both groups demonstrated significant improvements in the pelvic organ prolapse, urinary, and colorectal scales of the PFDI and PFIQ 6 and 12 months after surgery with no differences between the two treatment groups. In addition, there were significant and clinically important improvements noted in the bodily pain, vitality, social functioning, role-emotional, and mental health summary scales of the SF-36 in both groups after surgery, with no significant difference between groups. In appropriately selected elderly women, both obliterative and reconstructive vaginal surgery for advanced pelvic organ prolapse significantly improved health-related quality of life.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barber, MD; Amundsen, CL; Paraiso, MFR; Weidner, AC; Romero, A; Walters, MD

Published Date

  • July 2007

Published In

  • Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 799 - 806

PubMed ID

  • 17111276

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00192-006-0240-5


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England