Urgency, detrusor overactivity and posterior vault prolapse in women who underwent pelvic organ prolapse repair

Elisabetta Costantini, Massimo Lazzeri, Alessandro Zucchi, Luigi Mearini, Eugenia Fragalà, Michele Del Zingaro, Vittorio Bini, Massimo Porena

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Introduction: We investigated the relationship between posterior vault prolapse and overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms or detrusor overactivity (DO) and their changes after surgical repair. Methods: Forty-three patients with vault prolapse and prevalent posterior compartment prolapse -underwent pelvic organ prolapse repair surgery: 28 received colposacropexy and 15 were treated by the vaginal approach. Subjective success was lack of prolapse-related symptoms or urgency. OAB symptoms, voiding symptoms and constipation were evaluated. Patient satisfaction was defined by a visual analog scale score (range 0-10). Objective anatomical success was defined as no vaginal prolapse of stage ≥2 at any vaginal site. Results: The median follow-up was 75 months (range 24-143). Preoperatively, 33/43 patients (76.74%) reported urgency. DO was found in 11/43 patients (25.6%), and 22/43 patients reported constipation. The anatomical outcome showed 2 persistent stage II rectoceles (6.9%). After surgery, OAB symptoms disappeared in 25/33 (75.88%) and persisted in 8 patients (24.2%); there was no de novo urgency. DO disappeared in 8/11 subjects (72.7%). Preoperative constipation was present in 17/33 patients with OAB symptoms (51.5%) and disappeared postoperatively in 13/17 patients (76.4%) (p <0.013). De novo constipation appeared in 3 patients (associated with OAB in 2 patients). Conclusions: Prevalent posterior compartment pelvic organ prolapse and OAB/DO were often associated. After surgery, OAB symptoms and DO were significantly reduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-173
Number of pages6
JournalUrologia Internationalis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


  • Detrusor overactivity
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Urgency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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