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Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence

01.28.2013 | About your condition, Men’s Health, Urinary Incontinence

Male urinary incontinence us usually caused by a damaged sphincter, the circular muscle that controls the flow of urine out of the bladder.

Types of incontinence

  • Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) – The most common type of incontinence following prostate cancer surgery, SUI occurs when you leak urine during a physical activity like lifting, excercising, sneezing and coughing
  • Urge Incontinence – Occurs when you have an overwhelming need to urinate and are not able to hold urine long enough to reach a toilet
  • Overflow Incontinence  – When your bladder never completely empties, which causes urine to leak
  • Total Incontinence – When the urinary sphincter muscle is completely deficient, the result is continual leakage of urine with no control

 

Treatment Options

There are a number of ways to deal with incontinence, ranging from ongoing management to permanent surgical solutions.

  • Absorbent Products – Pads, diapers and absorbable garments are frequently used to manage incontinence
  • Internal Collection Devices – Catheterization on a regular basis may be employed for certain men to ensure that the bladder is emptied on a regular schedule
  • External Devices – Condom catheters can be used to collect urine, and clamps can be used to block the flow of urine
  • Biofeedback / Electrical Stimulation – Can help patients gain awareness and control of their urinary tract muscles
  • Collagen Injections – Injections of bulk-producing agents, such as collagen, into the urinary sphincter
  • Surgical Options – These range from implantable “male sling” procedures designed to support the muscles surrounding the urethra, to implanting an artificial urinary sphincter which mimics the function of a normal, healthy sphincter.