Journal article

Pelvic floor muscle training as an adjunct to prolapse surgery: a randomised feasibility study

Doreen McClurg, Paul Hilton, Lucia Dolan, Ash Monga, Suzanne Hagen, Helena Frawley, Lucy Dickinson

International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction | SPRINGER LONDON LTD | Published : 2014


INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: There is evidence that in nonsurgical populations, pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) and lifestyle advice improves symptoms and stage of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Some women, however, require surgery, after which de novo symptoms can develop or additional surgery is required due to recurrence. Robust evidence is required as to the benefit of perioperative PFMT in the postsurgery reduction of symptoms and POP recurrence. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of and collect pilot data to inform sample size (SS) calculation for a multicentre randomised controlled trial (RCT) of perioperative PFMT following surgical intervention for POP. METHODS: F..

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Funding Acknowledgements

PH: No financial interests of relevance in the last 10 years; previous chair of NICE Guideline Development Group (GDG) on urinary incontinence (UI) in women (2004-'07); previous member NICE Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (2002-'07); previous member NETSCC-HTA Therapeutic Procedures Panel (2007-'08), and Clinical Evaluations and Trials Prioritisation Group (2008-'10); member of faculty of International Consultations on Incontinence - Urodynamics committee (1997-'99 & 2000-'02); Clinical assessment committee (2003-'05); Surgery in women committee (2007-'09); Fistula committee (2011-'13); current research funding from NETSCC-HTA, and Wellbeing of Women; previous commercial research funding for trials of surgery for pelvic floor dysfunction from Gynecare (1998-2003) and Gyne Ideas (now Mpathy Medical; 2001-'03).