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Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of bladder control and is, unfortunately, a common side effect of radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate to treat cancer). UI is also seen among men who receive radiation treatment for prostate cancer.
About 6-8 % of men develop urinary incontinence after prostate surgery. However, this may only be temporary, and some will have only short-term UI and gradually regain bladder control. The time period varies from person to person and usually lasts from three to 12 months. A small percentage of men may experience long-term incontinence.
Typically, urine is stored in the bladder until you have the urge to urinate. It then leaves the body through a tube called the urethra. The prostate gland is located at the base of the bladder and surrounds the urethra.
At the point where the bladder and urethra meet, there is a ring of muscles known as the bladder neck sphincter, which plays a large role in managing incontinence. It is usually closed, which prevents leakage, and opens with a signal from the brain to allow urine to pass. Removing the prostate or using radiation to treat it can sometimes damage the nerves and muscles of the bladder, urethra, or urinary sphincter. This can result in urinary incontinence.
Incontinence will gradually improve with time. Meanwhile, you can do things to manage incontinence and help regain control over your bladder.
Weak pelvic floor muscles are a major cause of incontinence. To help control urination, pelvic floor muscle training before and after surgery is vital to recovery. Kegel exercises or biofeedback programs will improve bladder control and reduce leakage.
There are many products available to manage incontinence after prostate surgery. These include adult diapers, briefs, bladder control pads, bed pads, and more, and they are specifically designed to absorb urine and keep you comfortable and active.
Another helpful device called a penile clamp can also be used temporarily. This soft clip stays on the penis, which helps hold back urine. The user can decide when to remove it to relieve themselves.
Certain medications can improve the bladder’s capacity to hold urine and reduce the need to urinate frequently. Discuss your incontinence issue with your medical provider to see if bladder control medication is right for you.
Two surgical procedures are available for men with significant stress incontinence. These treatments are typically recommended if UI lasts one year after prostate surgery.
Eat a healthy diet rich in dietary fiber and include an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables. Also, limit alcohol, caffeine, and fizzy drinks as they may cause bladder irritation.
You can also try bladder training to regain control. Practice holding when you feel the urge to urinate and gradually increase holding time.
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Designed to manage overnight incontinence, this adult brief offers up to 8 hours of protection for a peaceful night’s sleep. The peach mat core contains superabsorbent polymers that keep skin dry while reducing odors and preventing bacterial growth.
Designed to help manage urinary incontinence, this award-winning male external catheter puts an end to leakage problems. The built-in balanced adhesive is reliable and skin-friendly and makes the catheter fit securely without causing skin irritation. The double-grip strip makes application easy, even for nurses wearing gloves.
The anti-leakage system of this condom catheter includes an anti-kink bellow that ensures the free flow of urine and prevents backflow, while a push ring designed with sure-grip ribs provides a secure connection to the drainage bag.
Designed for moderate to heavy urinary incontinence, these bladder control pads have a contoured design for a snug yet comfortable fit. The blue acquisition layer and superabsorbent core lock in fluid and keep the skin dry and healthy.
An effective device that reduces male incontinence problems as well as the use of incontinence pads and diapers. This incontinence clamp is easy to wear by just placing the middle of the penis between the two foam pads. The hinged clamp is then squeezed shut. It compresses the urethra and prevents leakage from the bladder without disturbing natural blood flow.
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Stay dry, comfortable, and active all day with this easy-to-use adult brief. The inner absorbent layer quickly seals fluid inside, protecting the skin from the harmful effects of prolonged exposure to moisture. Made with 4-D core technology, offering multiple layers of protection with flexible panels for a proper and secure fit.
Incontinence after prostate surgery usually resolves within a year. During that time, talk to your doctor and search for support groups to find out what works best for you. HPFY hosts a vast collection of incontinence products from leading manufacturers to help manage incontinence and improve your quality of life. Visit www.healthproductsforyou.com for more info.
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Sailaxmi Chennuru, has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2017. A business management graduate, the study of anatomy has always been of interest to her.
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