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Post-Prostatectomy Urinary Incontinence

To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, contact the Men’s Health Center at 1-877-641-4636 (4MEN).

What is Post-Prostatectomy Urinary Incontinence?

After pelvic surgery, especially for prostate and bladder cancers, men are at risk for losing some degree of the ability to control urination. The Men’s Health Center at UPMC offers cancer survivors comprehensive expertise with evidence-based treatment options to preserve and regain urinary control as best as possible.

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Post-Prostatectomy Urinary Incontinence

Pelvic surgery can disrupt your bladder or damage nerves that control its function, which then causes incontinence. In many cases, a doctor can diagnose the condition with a patient’s medical history and physical exam. Other tests and methods include a urinalysis and/or keeping a bladder diary to track how often you urinate.

Post-Prostatectomy Urinary Incontinence Treatments and Surgery

There are medications or behavioral techniques and exercises that will help teach men to regain urinary control. For men with more severe urinary leakage, there are surgical options available. We offer pre-surgical counseling and post-surgical guidance with treatment options to give men the best chance of restoring urinary control.