ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION ON LASER TREATMENTS FOR URINARY INCONTINENCE:
WHAT IS AVAILABLE TO PATIENTS?
D. Perruzza1, A. Butti1, C. Jolliffe2, C. McCaffrey2, R.C. Kung2, L.H. Gagnon2, P.E. Lee2
1.Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON; 2.Division of Urogynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SHSC, Toronto, ON
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Involuntary urinary leakage associated with activity, stress urinary incontinence (SUI), affects up to 1/3 of adult women.1-3 There are different treatments available ranging from physiotherapy (pelvic floor exercises), wearing vaginal devices, and surgery. 2,4 This condition can be very troubling and affect quality of life through impacting physical, social, economic and psychological aspects of a woman’s life. 5-7 LASER vaginal treatment is a new and innovative way to treat SUI and can be performed in an office setting: offering women the choice of a minor procedure without the risks associated with regular surgery. 8-11 The procedure involves the application of LASER generated heat to vaginal tissues which triggers the restructuring of vaginal collagen resulting in a ‘lift’ to the anterior wall of the vagina – thereby having the effect of improving mild SUI. 9 There are very few reported risks and complications compared to surgery. Although the LASER has been approved by the FDA and Health Canada, its utility in UI is not clear.
What do patient’s know?
Due to the novel nature of these treatments, there is limited information available to the public. Moreover, there has yet to be an analysis done on the quality and understandability of the information that is currently available.
The aim of this study is to determine the quality and reliability of the top 20 internet search results on laser treatment of urinary incontinence.