Bladder leakage, or urinary incontinence, is experienced by many men following prostate surgery (prostatectomy or TURP).
This is a common problem and often men find this the biggest challenge they have to cope with during the recovery process. it is important to get professional advice to help cope with bladder weakness during this time.
Why is this occurring?
- Bladder habits that have been developed to compensate for leakage
- Prostate Surgery and associated tissue damage
- Enlarged Prostate
What are the signs and symptoms?
- Leak urine when you cough, sneeze, lift, laugh or do exercise
- Feel an urgent need to empty your bladder often which might be associated with triggers such as key in the door, running water
- Urine leakage after going to the toilet
- Feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder
- Increased frequency of urination
What can be done to help me?
Having a pre-operative pelvic floor assessment and treatment plan has been shown to reduce the duration of urinary incontinence post surgery. Post-op assessment can also help to reduce the recovery time for men who haven’t sought treatment before their surgery.
It is very important that you have your pelvic floor muscle technique and endurance assessed by a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist so that you are effective in your rehabilitation. Many men are contracting their muscles incorrectly prior to being correctly taught.
We can also manage your return to exercise and work to ensure correct bladder and bowel function is adopted.
We work closely with your Urologist to ensure all parties are kept informed of your progress.