Surgical Treatment of Female Stress Urinary Incontinence: AUA/SUFU Guideline

J Urol. 2017 Oct;198(4):875-883. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2017.06.061. Epub 2017 Jun 15.


Purpose: Stress urinary incontinence is a common problem experienced by many women that can have a significant negative impact on the quality of life of those who suffer from the condition and potentially those friends and family members whose lives and activities may also be limited.

Materials and methods: A comprehensive search of the literature was performed by ECRI Institute. This search included articles published between January 2005 and December 2015 with an updated abstract search conducted through September 2016. When sufficient evidence existed, the body of evidence for a particular treatment was assigned a strength rating of A (high), B (moderate), or C (low) for support of Strong, Moderate, or Conditional Recommendations. In the absence of sufficient evidence, additional information is provided as Clinical Principles and Expert Opinions.

Results: The AUA (American Urological Association) and SUFU (Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction) have formulated an evidence-based guideline focused on the surgical treatment of female stress urinary incontinence in both index and non-index patients.

Conclusions: The surgical options for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence continue to evolve; as such, this guideline and the associated algorithm aim to outline the currently available treatment techniques as well as the data associated with each treatment. Indeed, the Panel recognizes that this guideline will require continued literature review and updating as further knowledge regarding current and future options continues to grow.

Keywords: algorithms; female; stress; urinary incontinence.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Consensus*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life
  • Societies, Medical / standards*
  • United States
  • Urinary Incontinence, Stress / diagnosis
  • Urinary Incontinence, Stress / physiopathology
  • Urinary Incontinence, Stress / surgery*
  • Urodynamics / physiology
  • Urologic Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Urologic Surgical Procedures / standards*
  • Urology / standards*