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bladder control after prostate surgery

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After prostate cancer claimed the life of his father, Terry Armentrout of The Dalles knew that he would be at higher risk for the disease and made regular checkups a priority.

That diligence paid off when Dr. Gary Gingrich, one of three physicians at Gorge Urology, became suspicious about Armentrout’s health, even though his PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test was not showing a problem.

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located below the bladder and halfway between the rectum and base of the penis. PSA is a protein produced by cells of the gland and secreted to liquefy semen to allow ejaculation.

Although a certain amount of PSA can be detected in the blood stream, higher levels do not necessarily denote cancer, but can be an indicator.

“My PSA score never got above one and, to the untrained eye, wasn’t showing any problem,” said Armentrout. “But Dr. Gingrich still thought the results seemed suspicious so he said, ‘Let’s do a biopsy.’”

Does anyone know anything about surgery for a bladder sling or artificial sphincter to control incontinence.

No bladder control after prostate surgery.

Hi Billie,
Working as biofeedback therapist in a urology office I had the chance to work with a number of men after prostate surgery. Many of them, were able to regain complete control once they learned how to do kegel exercises correctly. We

haven't heard of any. that's the problem with prostate surgery; the muscles are so damaged that it's impossible to shut off the urethra completely. And incontinence is a very common problem following this surgery.

yes they can do this. often times women lose control of their sphincter after childbirth. the more children, the higher the possibility. the nerves can be damaged and a surgeon can tighten things up. hope you feel better soon.

I had prostate surgery, what is the quickest way to get my bladder control back?

I am still leaking after nine weeks and have to use a clamp

This problem is not unusual with this type of surgery. TIME is the only thing that will help the nerves to regrow and sometimes that does not happen for sometime. ASK you Physician as there are some prescription medications available to assist you.

this is a better question for your doctor, not stranger

Ditto on the doctor response.
I've been through the surgeries with the bladder and prostate. What'd you get done and how?