Management of Urinary Incontinence Following Radical Prostatectomy

Brian McGlynn; Naels Al-Saffar; Helen Begg; Murat Gurun; Graham Hollins; Suzanne McPhee; Robert Meddings; Robert Meddings; Mary Tindall


Urol Nurs. 2004;24(6) 

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The benefit of a cancer treatment should outweigh the cost in patient suffering. In consenting to have a radical prostatectomy performed, it is essential that patients understand and agree to the possible compromises of treatment, having been fully informed of the controversies regarding the benefits and potential side effects of surgery.

While it is important for physicians and other health care professionals to know that most patients can initially adapt to the side effects of radical prostatectomy, particularly incontinence, it is equally important that they appreciate that this adaptation does not mean that the symptoms are unimportant or easily managed.

Treatment of urinary incontinence post prostatectomy should begin at diagnosis when the surgery is planned and continue until it can be self-managed. With better quality information, increased patient involvement, and the care provided from a specialist multidisciplinary team, patients can be better prepared, both physically and psychologically, for the effects of urinary incontinence after surgery.