Surgical Management of Post-Prostatectomy Incontinence

Arthi Satyanarayan, Ryan Mooney, *Nirmish Singla

Department of Urology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA
*Correspondence to

Disclosure: The authors have declared no conflicts of interest.
Received: 14.12.15 Accepted: 18.02.16
Citation: EMJ Urol. 2016;4[1]:75-80.


Post-prostatectomy incontinence (PPI) is a common and significant issue that can affect the quality of life in men who are undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. While some patients opt for conservative management of their incontinence, many elect to undergo surgical treatment as a result of the significant impact to quality of life. The most commonly employed surgical techniques to address PPI are placementĀ of a male sling or artificial urinary sphincter (AUS). Currently, the AUS continues to serve as the goldĀ standard for management, with robust data concerning longitudinal outcomes available. However, in recent years, the various methods to place the male sling have emerged as viable, less complex alternatives that avoid the need for pump manipulation. In the present review, we discuss these main surgical treatment modalities for PPI, and focus on the selection criteria that may influence appropriate operative stratification of PPI patients. Indeed, an individualised, comprehensive assessment of baseline urinary function, age, radiation, prior surgeries, functional status, and other comorbidities must be considered in the context of shared decision-making between the treatment provider and the patient in determining the optimal approach to managing PPI.

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