Concomitant Repair of Pelvic Floor Disorders in Women Undergoing Surgery for Gynecologic Malignancies

Katarzyna Bochenska*, Margaret Mueller, Julia Geynisman-Tan, Alix Leader-Cramer, Bhumy Davé, Christina Lewicky-Gaupp, Kimberly Kenton

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The aims of this study were to determine the rate and describe 30-day postoperative complications of concomitant pelvic organ prolapse and/or urinary incontinence (POPUI) procedures in women undergoing surgery for a gynecologic malignancy. Methods Women who underwent surgical intervention for a gynecologic malignancy between 2010 and 2014 were identified using postoperative International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision codes 179.0 to 184.9 in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database. Women who underwent POPUI procedures were identified using Current Procedural Terminology codes between 51840 and 58294. Infectious, pulmonary, cardiac, and venous thromboembolism complication rates were calculated. Patient demographics and postoperative complication rates were analyzed using Student t, χ2, and Fisher exact tests and compared between women with a gynecologic malignancy who did and did not undergo concomitant POPUI procedures. Results We identified 23,501 women with a diagnosis of a gynecologic malignancy. The most common included uterine (63%), ovarian (25%), and cervical cancer (8%). Only a small proportion of the women undergoing gynecologic cancer surgery (n = 556 [2.4%]) had concomitant POPUI procedures. The most commonly performed POPUI procedures included anterior and/or posterior colporrhaphy (n = 205 [32%]), laparoscopic colpopexy (n = 181 [28.2%]), and midurethral sling (n = 70 [10.9%]). There were no differences in 30-day reoperation; infectious, pulmonary, and cardiac complications; or venous thromboembolic events between women who did and did not have concomitant POPUI surgery. Conclusions Using a large national surgical database, only 2.4% of women undergoing gynecologic cancer surgery had a concomitant POPUI procedure. Our data suggest that postoperative complications may not increase when concomitant surgery for POPUI is done at the time of gynecologic cancer surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-364
Number of pages3
JournalFemale Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019


  • gynecologic cancer
  • pelvic organ prolapse
  • urinary incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Surgery


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