Male Urinary Incontinence
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the United States. A very effective and common treatment for prostate cancer that is radical prostatectomy, the surgical removal of the prostate gland and surrounding tissues. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of men who undergo radical prostatectomy will have permanent leakage of urine. This leakage is called Male Stress Urinary Incontinence.
The term stress incontinence means that when stress is applied to the bladder (from a cough or big laugh, when bending or squatting or lifting, for example) urine leaks out into the man’s underwear or pants. This complication of surgery can be devastating to a patient; the good news is that a man does NOT have to live with urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy. Treatment centers around two surgeries that are performed by Dr Christine virtually every week. These surgeries are outpatient, take about 30-45 minutes, have very low complication rates and high success rates… when performed by a highly experienced and qualified surgeon.
For men with a more severe degree of urinary leakage or who have had radiation treatment after their radical prostatectomy, the Artificial Urinary Sphincter can be tremendously effective. Completely contained in the body, the Artificial Sphincter does not limit a man’s activities and has been in use for almost 50 years. The cuff of the Artificial Sphincter squeezes the urethra and prevents urinary leakage; when the patient needs to urinate (he gets a completely normal urge to void) he compresses the small pump just under the skin in the scrotum, which causes the cuff to relax, and he voids normally. The device automatically resets itself, so after he urinates the patient simply zips up and goes about his business. The Artificial Urinary Sphincter has restored so many men back to an active life style, without having to worry they will wet on themselves, that it is one of the most rewarding surgeries for Dr Christine and his surgical team to perform.
For men who have a mild or medium degree of urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy, the Male Sling is usually the preferred treatment. The sling does not compress the urethra. The sling actually lifts and supports the urethra, and for many men this is the ideal treatment. Complication and infection rates with the male sling are very, very low. Patient satisfaction rates are high.
Even if a man uses only 1 protective pad each day, urinary incontinence is never normal and is never pleasant. Don’t suffer with your leakage. In his practice, if a man is still leaking urine 6 months after radical prostatectomy, Dr. Christine will encourage treatment. Get this treatment form a surgeon who has one of the busiest practices in male incontinence in the world.
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