Burch urethropexy is one of the earliest and most effective surgeries for stress urinary incontinence. Minimally invasive robotic surgery is becoming more popular in the field of urogynecology. Herein, we present the safety and efficacy of a large case series of robotic-assisted Burch urethropexy. A retrospective chart review was performed on robotic-assisted Burch urethropexy cases performed between 2013 and 2019. Patient characteristics, perioperative data and follow-up outcomes were collected at a single teaching institution. A total of 76 women underwent robotic-assisted Burch urethropexy for pure stress urinary incontinence. Fifty of them had concomitant robotic procedures at the time of the Burch. We performed the robotic-assisted Burch urethropexy alone on 26 patients. The mean age was 55 years old. The overall treatment success rate was 85% with a mean follow-up time of 134 (±157.8) days. Complications included cystotomy (3%), urinary tract infection (16%) and postoperative voiding dysfunction (10%). Our study reveals that robotic-assisted Burch urethropexy is a feasible option in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in terms of operative outcomes and short-term efficacy.Impact statementWhat is already known on this subject? Minimally invasive robotic surgery is becoming more popular in the field of urogynecology. Surgical repairs for stress urinary incontinence will likely increase in the coming years secondary to an aging population. Burch urethropexy is one of the earliest and most effective surgeries for stress urinary incontinence and can be performed abdominally, laparoscopically and now, using robotic assistance. What do the results of this study add? This study reveals that robotic-assisted Burch urethropexy is a feasible option in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in terms of intraoperative outcomes with good short-term efficacy. What are the implications of these findings for clinical practice and/or further research? Lately, interest in colposuspension procedures has been rekindled as physicians seek alternative stress urinary incontinence treatment options. Robotic-assisted Burch urethropexy will continue to gain popularity with its efficacy and safety.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology