Urinary incontinence is a common side effect following a prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate).
The following videos have been produced by the Urology Specialist Nurses and Pelvic Health Physiotherapists. They address common questions that men undergoing prostatectomy often ask about how to manage and reduce incontinence symptoms:
They can help to remind you of information given by the Nurse or Physiotherapist at your clinic appointment.
Pelvic floor exercises are also explained in these leaflets:
Using an app such as Squeezy for Men
can help, as you can set reminders at times that suit your daily routine
Healthy bladder habits are important to help reduce urge incontinence:
Bladder training can often help to reduce urge incontinence. This is explained in this leaflet - Bladder Training
Here is an example of a bladder diary (as described in the leaflet) that you can complete - Bladder Diary
Healthy bowel habits are important as straining to empty your bowels can make urinary incontinence worse:
- Post Micturition Dribble
- Promoting continence with Physiotherapy - This booklet is written by the POGP (Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy), a UK based Physiotherapy Professional Network affiliated to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. It contains information about the physiotherapy advice and treatment available for anyone with bladder and bowel problems
You may have been referred for investigations by your Consultant or Continence Nurse Specialist. The links below provide information regarding two common bladder tests:
If you have tried the exercises and advice but still feel you would like to see a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist regarding any ongoing bothersome symptoms you can request a referral from your:
- Urology Nurse Specialist
- Bladder and Bowel Nurse Specialist