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Urinary Incontinence After Prostate Cancer Surgery

Urinary incontinence is one of the most commonly reported side effects of prostate surgery. While some males recover continence progressively during the first 6 weeks, according to literature, (Risk of Urinary Incontinence Following Prostatectomy), 59% of males remain incontinent after that period.

Symptoms

Leaking urine with or without physical efforts

Causes

  • Surgical Technique
  • Pre-existing urinary conditions such as overactive bladder syndrome

If Left Untreated

A high percentage of males do not recover continence naturally and will need physical therapy. The earlier the treatment begins after the surgery, the higher success rate in achieving full continence.

Treatment at Shift

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is the first line of treatment for these patients. There is strong evidence that physical therapy is can effectively recover continence after prostate surgery. Physical Therapy for this problem involves strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, utilizing biofeedback, and retraining the bladder. (Long-term effect of early postoperative pelvic floor biofeedback on continence in men undergoing radical prostatectomy).

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