Continence After Prostate Cancer

Urinary Control After Prostate Surgery

While it is common to experience some urinary incontinence after prostate removal, it is almost always short term. Temporary incontinence is the result of disruption or distress to the sphincter muscles that control the release of urine. This type of incontinence is similar to stress incontinence, often experienced by women post-childbirth.
 

How long does incontinence last after prostate surgery?

Rest assured that the incontinence you experience after surgery isn’t likely to involve complete bladder emptying. Rather, the short-term incontinence experienced by most is more of a slight drip or leak. This happens most often during strenuous activity, and could even occur when you sneeze, cough, or laugh.

Patients who experienced normal continence prior to surgery should regain function within 12-13 months of their surgery.

Continence after prostate cancer surgery

Will Kegel exercises help with my urinary control?

Kegel exercises do work for some and Dr. Samadi even encourages patients to start them before surgery as a type of pre-conditioning. Kegels are a simple exercise of clenching and releasing the muscles that control your urine flow.  

Can I take medication to help with my incontinence?

Depending on the degree and length of incontinence you experience, Dr. Samadi may recommend anticholinergics to reduce the sensation or frequency of urination. Decongestants have also been shown to help some patients, though should only be used with physician guidance. An alternate treatment for incontinence uses collagen injections to plump the urinary sphincter for increased urinary control.

 What if my incontinence persists?

Though rarely needed, Dr. Samadi and the Lenox Hill Hospital team provide a range of treatment options for men experiencing long-term incontinence after prostate surgery. A variety of surgical procedures can be used to restore urinary control should your symptoms last more than a year.

Call to Make an Appointment With Dr. David Samadi:

1-212-365-5000

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* The benefits of robotic surgery cannot be guaranteed as surgery is both patient and procedure specific. Previous surgical results do not guarantee future outcomes.



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