About Male Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the outflow of urine from the bladder. This can occur during a variety of situations and for various reasons, but is commonly experienced during periods of exertion to the abdomen or “stress” such as lifting, coughing, laughing, and sneezing. This is referred to as stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Urinary incontinence may also occur in people experiencing urinary urgency due to overactive bladder (OAB). OAB is a chronic condition of the bladder that causes a sudden and intense urge to urinate.
Urinary incontinence has a multitude of risk factors and causes that will impact each individual differently. However, stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a common side effect of radical prostatectomy. The majority of patients will regain continence 8-12 months after surgery, however, approximately 15% will remain incontinent and require further treatment3.
There are multiple treatment options and aids available for managing male stress urinary incontinence and urge incontinence. Treatment options and aids range from absorbent pads, which simply absorb leakage of urine, to implantable prostheses, which are designed to provide a permanent, long term solution. View some of the available treatment options here.
When considering the various options available for managing urinary incontinence, the benefits and risks of each option should be considered in consultation with your specialist. Find your nearest specialist here.
Treatment of SUI with an implant requires surgical intervention and the implantation of a prosthetic device. As such, these treatments carry the medical risks associated with admission to a hospital for a surgical procedure.
It is important that the risks of these procedures are discussed with your specialist, and that the suitability of these treatments is considered in conjunction with your individual medical condition.
Studies show that 80% of ATOMS devices are still functioning 6 years after the surgery. Patient satisfaction is high and quality of life significantly improved6. Read more about ATOMS here.
Treatment with surgical implants such as the ATOMS and Macroplastique may be covered by private health insurance. Consultation with a specialist and admission to a private hospital may incur out-of-pocket expenses. In most cases, the cost of the implant will be covered by private health insurance; however, this will need to be discussed with your consulting specialist and with your health insurer.
The first step is to find a specialist, who will most likely be a urologist. A urologist is a doctor who specialises in the study or treatment of the function and disorders of the urinary system.
Your specialist will design a plan of rehabilitation and assessment depending on your own condition and circumstances. Find a specialist near you to discuss your options.
Yes. Before making an appointment with a specialist, please visit your GP to obtain a referral.
After the procedure, most patients can go home the same day, depending on the advice of their doctor. You may be able to resume normal activities or return to work shortly thereafter.
You may experience some discomfort or notice a little blood when you pass urine for up to 48 hours after the procedure. If the symptoms persist, consult with your doctor.
Yes. The titanium port is not magnetic, which means that any type of medical imaging examination (X-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound) can be carried out safely. However, please mention it to staff before any such examination.
You may ask your doctor if it is suitable to ride a bike with a prostate-relief bike seat.
Patients may experience the sensation of Urgent PC therapy differently; however, most patients feel mild tingling where the needle electrode is inserted. Urgent PC offers many different levels of stimulation, so the specialist will be able to adjust the treatment as it progresses and address any discomfort.
There is no conclusive list of risks associated with PTNS treatment, but some of the most common side-effects result from the placement of the needle electrode. They may include minor bleeding, mild pain and skin inflammation. In any case, studies show that the rate of side-effects is low.
- Patients with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators
- Patients prone to excessive bleeding
- Patients with nerve damage that could impact either percutaneous tibial nerve or pelvic floor function
- Patients who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the duration of the treatment