It’s important to understand how a health condition is connected to its root cause, in order to manage it and minimize its impact.
When it comes to incontinence in men, prostate surgery is one of the major causes.
Men are highly likely to suffer from stress urinary incontinence after undergoing a surgical treatment or radiation therapy for prostate cancer.
When one urinates, the urine leaves the bladder and then passes through the urethra. However, after prostate surgery, the prostate gland’s size might get bigger, due to which it starts blocking the urethra. As a result, it leads to urine retention, thereby significantly impacting one’s regular bladder functions.
Doctors are trying to come up with new treatments of prostate cancer that do not lead to stress urinary incontinence. In many cases, it recovers itself over time, as it is just a temporary effect of surgery, which is why stress incontinence in prostate cancer patients is also known as ‘post-surgery or post-radiation incontinence’. When the problem keeps showing its adverse effects to the person’s bladder, it is ideal to opt for a surgical treatment.
Here are some surgical treatment methods of urinary incontinence due to prostate surgery:
1. Artificial Urinary Sphincter
This treatment is known to be the most common and effective treatment of mild or severe urinary incontinence. The cuff is safely put around the urethra1 or the bladder neck. In addition, the pump is put on the scrotum2 and the balloon that regulates pressure is placed in the lower part of the abdomen. The Artificial Urinary Sphincter3 can improve the situation considerably.
2. Adjustable Balloons
Adjustable balloons are one of the least known surgical treatments of urinary incontinence. In this treatment process, two adjustable balloons are put on both sides of the bladder neck. One can adjust the balloons by changing the quantity of balloon filling, which alters the compression level against the neck.
3. Male Slings
Male slings are exclusively for people suffering from light or mild urinary incontinence. They constantly support the urethra, that is just below the damaged bladder. In addition, they also ensure that the person is able to urinate normally, without the need to enable the sling.
4. Transurethral Bulking Agents
Transurethral bulking agents are a treatment option for people suffering from mild incontinence. They fight incontinence by acting as a support system for the sphincter and by enhancing the cushioning result, until the actual sphincter starts functioning properly. A bulking agent is inserted into the bladder neck with the use of a telescope.
All the treatment options mentioned above are recommended by doctors, based on the level of incontinence one is suffering from. So, even in the case of mild incontinence after prostate surgery or radiation therapy, it is important to consult your doctor and find out which treatment option is right for you.