Urinary incontinence occurs when you’re unable to store urine in your bladder without involuntary loss, thus experiencing leakage. An overactive bladder may cause this, or it may be a result of prostate removal. Regarding the later, leakage may even happen during sex, which can damage your self-esteem.
At Advanced Urological Care, Dr. J. Francois Eid is an expert in urinary disorders and post prostatectomy urinary incontinence. Our compassionate team can diagnose and treat conditions that keep you homebound with a highly-skilled team of men’s health specialists. Some treatment options include medication, devices, absorbent products, biofeedback, behavioral modification, and injectables. One fantastic choice for men with minimal or moderate post prostatectomy urinary is the male sling.
What is a male sling?
The male sling is a device that supports the muscles around your urethra to restore urinary control. It’s a highly effective, minimally invasive procedure to correct mild to moderate incontinence. This beneficial procedure only takes about 45 minutes to complete, and it’s an outpatient treatment, so you can be as discreet as you want.
The male sling is made from a synthetic mesh-like tape that wraps around part of your urethral bulb, moving it into a new position. This repositioning typically fixes incontinence issues immediately. The device is completely hidden inside your body and works on its own without manual manipulation. Plus, the male sling has an 88% satisfaction rate.
Am I a good candidate for a male sling?
If you have post-prostatectomy incontinence , a male sling is an excellent option to consider. If you have any of these conditions, you may be an ideal candidate.
If you have a damaged or weakened urethral sphincter after prostate cancer surgery, your body can’t store urine adequately. The sphincter is the muscle that controls the flow of urine. If you’ve experienced damage to your sphincter, you may have lost the ability to squeeze and close your urethra, resulting in leakage. Stress incontinence takes place when you place pressure on your abdominal area, causing leakage. For example, this happens when lifting weights, coughing, or sneezing.
Stress incontinence after prostate removal
Stress urinary incontinence typically occurs after prostate cancer surgery. It can also rarely occur after trans-urethral prostate surgery and radiation therapy for prostate cancer. In the process of removing the prostate cancer, some of the muscle tissue that helps to control your urine flow may be damaged. Additionally, differences in the length of the urethra located between the tip of the prostate and the sphincter muscle also determine which patients are more likely to be incontinent after prostate cancer surgery.
Finally, you may experience urinary leakage only during sexual activity such as arousal and or orgasm. The male sling is a great choice to remedy orgasmuria.
If you’re dealing with any of these incontinence problems, a male sling provides fast and discreet relief. Call Advanced Urological Care to make an appointment with Dr. Eid. You can even schedule a virtual visit and speak to a urological expert without leaving home.