Urinary and Fecal Incontinence: Preoperative Considerations

  • Michele Pennisi
  • Alvise FrassonEmail author
Part of the Urodynamics, Neurourology and Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions book series (UNPFD)


Male urinary incontinence (UI) is a multifactorial disease. Details of the type of UI as severity and voiding symptoms usually allow to define whether the patients are affected by stress urinary incontinence (SUI), urgency urinary incontinence (UUI), or mixed urinary incontinence (MUI). Furthermore, patients with associated pain, hematuria, recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) or with a history of prostate surgery or radiotherapy or suspected neurological disease need rapid referral to an appropriate specialist. In this way the patient should also be asked about medications and other diseases that may impact on symptoms of UI and medical history should be collected with the help of a voiding diary recording as follows:
  • the amount of liquid he drinks

  • frequency of micturition

  • micturition volume

  • frequency and amount of the leaks

  • whether he felt a strong urge to go before leaking

  • whether the leak occurred after a strain, or, coughing or sneeze

  • how long the symptoms have been occurring


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Urology DepartmentCannizzaro HospitalCataniaItaly
  2. 2.USL 6 Euganea, Unit of SurgerySant’Antonio HospitalPaduaItaly

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