Do you have control of your bladder? Prevent the unexpected with Urology One
After receiving prostate surgery to treat prostate cancer, incontinence is likely to start. Urinary incontinence causes urine to release without your permission.
Around 17 million people in America (1) suffer from incontinence, but you don’t have to. You can put an end to unexpected leaks and take control of your bladder. Explore your options with Urology One, which may include the male sling procedure to treat incontinence. Request your appointment today, and learn about the benefits of the male sling procedure by continuing to read below.
The Consequences of Allowing Incontinence to Continue Wreaking Havoc on Your Life
When muscles in your bladder relax, incontinence occurs. Urine that would normally be kept from entering your urethra has nothing to hold it back, causing it to be released and leak out. Learn more about incontinence here.
A single leak can have an impact on your life. It can draw in unwanted attention, cause embarrassment, and result in unnecessary worries that affect your activities and mindset. Leaks are preventable. Depending on the nature of your condition, body, and overall health, a range of options may be available for you to treat incontinence, including the male sling procedure.
What is the Male Sling Procedure and how can it help you?
Have you lost the ability to control your bladder? If so, the sling procedure can help you overcome urinary incontinence by relocating the urethra and increasing resistance. This gives additional support to the neck of the bladder, which can prevent leaks.
How does the procedure work?
The procedure involves 5 simple steps, as detailed below.
- Anesthesia is administered
- The surgeon makes an incision in the perineal tissue
- The urethra is located
- A portion of the urethral bulb, which covers part of the urethra, will be fitted with a mesh-like “sling” for support, made of surgical tape
- The incision site will be stitched closed
The male sling procedure is an outpatient operation with a short recovery process. Based on the advice of your doctor, you may be recommended to spend a single night in the hospital. With the sling in place, incontinence may completely resolve or be significantly reduced.
Are you a candidate for the Male Sling Procedure?
The male sling procedure works best for patients who have received treatment for prostate cancer. This procedure was specifically designed to help those who have undergone a radical prostatectomy, and have moderate urinary incontinence.
Does this procedure sound like a fit for you? To determine if you’re a candidate, your urologist may complete several tests, including a urodynamic study, pad test, EKG, blood and urine tests, and cystoscopy. Don’t worry. If you are not a candidate for the male sling procedure, you may be eligible for other treatments. Schedule an appointment to find out what treatment is best for your incontinence.
See if the Sling Procedure is your key to preventing leaks with Urology One
Drs. Tabet, Heiser and Ochs are caring, experienced urologists with decades of experience successfully treating conditions from prostate cancer to incontinence. Through Urology One, we continue to provide an “excellent patient experience,” and we welcome you to schedule an appointment to learn if the male sling procedure can stop your incontinence.