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Male Urinary Incontinence

Last Updated 2/7/2013 1:14:08 PM

Male urinary incontinence, or the involuntary loss of urine, affects approximately 13 percent of men and has a significant impact on self-esteem and quality of life. Causes include previous surgery for prostate cancer, Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and neurologic diseases. Incontinence associated with prostate cancer treatment can be the most severe type, wherein men may be required to wear diapers or use archaic devices such as external penile clamps to continue their activities of daily living.

However, artificial urinary sphincters and male perineal slings are available and are effective treatments for male urinary incontinence. The procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or as a 23-hour admission.

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