Use of the Artificial Urinary Sphincter in the Management of Post-prostatectomy Incontinence



Despite advances in surgical techniques for radical prostatectomy, post-prostatectomy incontinence affects many men and can have a large impact on quality of life. Many treatments options are available for this condition, ranging from pelvic floor physical therapy to male urethral sling insertion or artificial urinary sphincter placement. In cases of severe incontinence, prior pelvic radiation therapy or previous failed urethral sling placement, implanting an artificial urinary sphincter is typically preferred. Here, we review the preoperative considerations, operative technique, postoperative outcomes, and potential complications of artificial urinary sphincter placement.


Post-prostatectomy incontinence Urinary incontinence Male Artificial urinary sphincter Urethral sling Revision Outcome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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