Solutions for Urinary Incontinence in Men after Prostate Surgery
After a man undergoes any form of prostate surgery, from a partial to full prostatectomy, he will experience urinary incontinence 75% of the time. (Need to talk to someone in person about your incontinence questions? Give us a call at 855-879-2366.)
Knowing of this outcome, and being prepared once he returns home from the hospital, is the first step to combating messes and preventing the total loss of dignity.
The bladder works by holding urine. In a fully functioning urinary tract system, once the bladder is full or needs to be relieved, the nerves send a signal to the brain to release the urine. The urine flows through the urethral tube, which runs through the middle of the prostate, and continues down to exit through the penis.
The prostate is situated below the bladder. Removing it partially or entirely means that the bladder sags lower and falls onto the pelvic floor muscles. Once the bladder drops like this, it does not hold urine as well as it did when the prostate was still present.
The prostate also helps control leaking urine. As I said, the prostate surrounds the urethra. Nerve signals are able to use the prostate to apply pressure to the urethra, causing it to retain urine. It is not a complete squeeze, but with all the other factors in play in a healthy urinary tract, it adds to the effect of holding in urine.
If you are experiencing urinary incontinence after prostate surgery, it is important to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles (and always under the guidance of your doctor). Kegel exercises are a way to strengthen those muscles in the privacy of your own home. Kegels are very effective along with biofeedback. A physical therapist can talk to you about your options.
While you are performing your muscle stimulating "exercises", and after your return home from the hospital, you will also need some incontinence supplies to prevent accidents. External catheters for men, male incontinence products, urinary sheaths, and penile clamps are just a sampling of all the products available to fit any man comfortably while helping to control the leaking urine. Most of these supplies are so streamlined that they can give you the discreet confidence you want back without the appearance of wearing a medical supply.
There are also surgical techniques, such as slings and implants, that help buoy the bladder when the prostate has been removed. Talk to your doctor about all of the options available to you but please be aware that even with a surgical alternative, some urinary incontinence is possible during healing. You will want to be prepared before you return home from the hospital as many of the products mentioned are not available in stores, or are difficult to find locally.
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