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A 38-year-old member asked:

Does prostate surgery always cause urinary incontinence?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
No: Depending on the type of prostate surgery performed, urianry incontinence and erectile dysfucntion can be side effects. Geberally, this is much more pronounced in radial surgery for prostate cancer than for surgery for benign disease. Urinary incontinence may be present but the degree of incontinence is variable. This can range to no leakage at all to complete incontinence.
Dr. Andrew McCullough
Urology 43 years experience
No: There are of course different type of prostate surgery. Postate removal for cancer has a severe incontinence rate of 3-5% and a mild to moderate incontinence rate of 10-15%. Both are very treatable in hands of surgeons who treat this often. Prostate scraping and laser treatments for benign disease rarely lead to incontinenece buts is also very treatable. Bottom line:it happens and is treatable.
Dr. Neil Baum
Dr. Neil Baum commented
Urology 53 years experience
Many men who have complete removal of their prostate gland for prostate cancer will have mild incontinence after the catheter, or tube in the bladder, is removed. Doing Kegel exercises before and after surgery will often decrease the time a man has post-operative incontinence. Remember a Kegel a day keeps the doctor away1
Oct 28, 2012

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there support for people suffering urinary incontinence after prostate surgery?

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Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 32 years experience
Yes: Male slings have been shown to be of great assistance in helping men with certain types of incontinence after prostate surgery. I suggest you talk to the urologist who performed the prostatectomy or find one of the younger robotic trained urologists who might be more aware of new technology to help with incontinence after prostatectomy.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is there a support group for people with urinary incontinence after prostate surgery?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Local national: Look to nafc. National association for continence. Their newsletters will be helpful. Ask your local hospital for recommendations in your community.
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A 39-year-old female asked:

What are my options for urinary incontinence surgeries?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Depends: There are many different types or causes of urinary incontinence. Some are treated with medications. Some are treated with surgery. You should have your symptoms evaluated with urodynamics to help you decide on a course of treatment.
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A 67-year-old male asked:

What should I not drink while experiencing urinary incontinence due to Prostate surgery?

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Avoid irritants: While I don"t believe there are any specific recommendations, prudent advice would be to avoid those substances known to be bladder irritants. Irritating liquids include coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, alcohol, citrus & cranberry juices. Spicy foods, tomatoes & tomato products, chocolate, processed meats and fish, soy products, aged cheeses, some condiments and nuts may also be irritants.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What drugs can cause urinary incontinence?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Many: Some high blood pressure medications (eg hytrin) affect urethral tone and cause incontinence. Diurectics cause the bladder to fill quickly & can aggravate incontinence (but should not be stopped w/o dr's ok). Muscle relaxants can aggravate incontinence. And certain medications such as for myasthenia gravis can affect bladder function. Any drug that worsens constipation can worsen bladder function.

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