One common side effect of prostate surgery or radiation treatment for prostate cancer is temporary or long term loss of bladder control.
Stress incontinence, or loss of urine during coughing, sneezing, or exerting oneself, is the most common type of incontinence seen after prostate surgery. The frequent need to urinate coupled with leakage is seen most often after radiation treatment.
Incontinence can be treated with behavior changes, medications, and strengthening of the pelvic muscles. Surgery is also available if other treatments aren’t working. Today’s prostate cancer treatments and prostate surgeries, including laser and robotic assisted surgery, use technologies that are both precise and minimally invasive which help to minimize long term incontinence.