Incontinence

Coping with incontinence – Short and long-term solutions

Urinary incontinence is an unpleasant side effect that can occur after treatment for prostate cancer. While there are different types — and varying levels of leakage — it is generally described as the inability to control or stop urine from flowing. This is common after treatment for prostate cancer, due to either damage or removal of …

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Kegel exercises for men – May help incontinence

Kegel exercises for men (also called pelvic floor exercises) are an attempt to help strengthen the muscles that support the bladder. These muscles also play a role in a man’s sexual function. Some doctors recommend starting these exercises before surgery for prostate cancer.  This is because they may be easier to learn than after surgery, particularly if …

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Bladder incontinence medications – Urinary control is the goal

Your loved one’s doctor may prescribe one of several bladder incontinence medications, if urinary control doesn’t return as quickly as hoped following treatment for prostate cancer. This can be discouraging for men, but hopefully things will get better over time.  It’s important to try to remain patient and discuss any concerns with the doctor. Types …

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Collagen injections – Treatment for bladder incontinence

Collagen injections may be suggested if your loved one has a very mild form of bladder incontinence. They may also be used if he is not able to have surgery to correct long-term incontinence, perhaps due to other health problems or his age. What to expect Doctors have been injecting substances like collagen  to help …

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Male sling for bladder incontinence – An option for some men

A male sling available for men who have prolonged incontinence that is often caused by sphincter damage related to treatment for prostate cancer. There are several different devices and they all require some kind of surgery. The bulbourethral sling The bulbourethral sling uses a technique that is similar to slings used to help women with …

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Artificial urinary sphincter – A device for bladder incontinence

The artificial urinary sphincter has been available since 1973 for men who experience prolonged bladder incontinence following treatment for prostate cancer. This device typically consists of a cuff, a pump, and a balloon.  It is surgically implanted. How it works: f The cuff is filled with a saline fluid It compresses the urethra to keep …

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