What is a prostatectomy?
A prostatectomy is the surgical removal of part or all of the prostate gland. Abnormalities of the prostate, for instance a tumour, or if the gland becomes enlarged for any reason, can restrict the normal flow of urine along the urethra.
Are there any complications with a prostatectomy?
Urinary incontinence is a frequent complaint following prostatectomy. Urinary incontinence is a distressing problem and may notably worsen the quality of life in someone who has been effectively treated for prostate cancer.
What can physiotherapy do to help?
Physiotherapists can use a number of techniques to help urinary incontinence:
- Pelvic-floor muscle training is aimed at restoring bladder control and reducing incontinence
- Biofeedback can also be used as a teaching tool to ensure correct contraction of pelvic floor muscles
A prostatectomy is the complete or partial surgical removal of the prostate gland. Urinary incontinence is a regular complaint for patients who have undergone this procedure, which can be very upsetting and significantly affect quality of life. Physiotherapy techniques such as pelvic floor exercises can help improve urinary incontinence.
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