The Artificial Urinary Sphincter

  • Ananias C. Diokno
  • Thomas M. Rashid


The ultimate goal when treating urinary incontinence is to achieve normal voiding patterns while allowing dry intervals between voiding. In the case of urinary incontinence due to intrinsic sphincter dysfunction (ISD) there are currently three options to offer: behavioral techniques, pharmacotherapy, and surgical intervention. Specifically, for surgical intervention, the options are implantation of an artificial urinary sphincter (AUS), slings, and periurethral injectables. Although all treatment options are appropriate, only the AUS is capable of relieving the artificially created obstruction at the time of voiding, allowing the voiding-continence cycle to be accomplished almost to perfection.1


Urinary Incontinence Bladder Neck Foley Catheter Clean Intermittent Catheterization Intrinsic Sphincter Deficiency 
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  • Ananias C. Diokno
  • Thomas M. Rashid

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