Bariatric surgery reduces urinary incontinence

URINARY incontinence can be significantly reduced by bariatric surgery, researchers say.

A three-year US study of almost 2000 severely obese patients found that among almost half of the women and one-fifth of the men reporting incontinence at least once a week, a year after surgery it had dropped to 18% and 10%, respectively.

At three years, this had crept up to 25% for women and 12% for men.

The additional benefit may motivate people to undergo the surgery, the researchers write. Weight was independently associated with the likelihood of remission, with even small