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
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.