Spanish researchers clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of pelvic floor exercises in preventing surgeries and lowering healthcare costs.

2002 Nov Sevilla, España

Soltero González A, Campoy Martínez P, Barrero Candau R, Medrano Sánchez E, Pérez Pérez M, Rodríguez Pérez A.
Source: Unidad de Uroginecología, Servicio de Urología, Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío, Sevilla, España.
Objectives:

To know the results of a pelvic floor muscle training program in the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence.

Methods:

Information phase: patient is informed about the disease, her anatomy, the objectives to be reached and how to perform the exercises. Treatment phase: 6 weeks of visual and auditory biofeedback assisted pelvic floor exercises to develop the pelvic floor muscles. Follow-up phase: one, 3, 6 month and 1 year visits with control for muscle evolution, motivation reinforcement and improvement of the symptoms.

Results:

412 Women underwent pelvic floor rehabilitation in a 4 year period, 45.9% were cured, 38.8% improved and 15.3% were treatment failures.

Conclusions:

Pelvic floor rehabilitation can cure female urinary stress incontinence and diminishes the number of surgical procedures and hospital costs in the treatment of urinary incontinence.

PMID:12564064[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]