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The Burch procedure is particularly useful when combined with other laparoscopic or open repairs such as bilateral tubal ligation, hysterectomy, and sacral colpopexy, as well as in younger women who wish to maintain fertility, in women with a history of mesh complications or allergies, and in women who wish to avoid foreign materials, Dr.
Incontinence cure rates probably are equivalent with laparoscopic Burch procedures, open Burch procedures, or TVT procedures, though more data from randomized controlled trials are needed to be sure, he said.
The three cost-comparison studies done to date suggest that hospital costs for laparoscopic Burch procedures may be as high or higher than with the open Burch, largely because ofthe specialized equipment required.
Early glowing reports of terrific success rates with laparoscopic Burch procedures were flawed by a lack of preoperative assessment.
On the other hand, cystoscopy may be useful for detecting injuries if a Burch procedure is being performed along with other gynecologic surgical procedures, he said.
-- Rou tine intraoperative cystoscopy to identify lower urinary tract in juries caused during Burch procedures adds time and expense and is not warranted, Dr.
Earlier results of laparoscopic Burch procedures have been more equivocal because many of the techniques used were not conventional Burch techniques.
For 13 years of clinical practice, I performed Burch procedures as my surgical technique of choice for treating SUI, and sacrospinous ligament suspensions for vaginal vault prolapse.
The difference between sling and Burch procedures was particularly remarkable in regard to stress success (17 percentage points).
Walters compared reimbursement for tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) and Burch procedures (Feb.