Urinary Incontinence FAQs



What can be expected after a male sling?

Men are admitted to hospital overnight with a small catheter in place. This is removed in the morning and men typically discharged by lunchtime as long as they pee and empty their bladder well. Most men have very little pain following the treatment. It is crucial to...

What’s involved with a male sling procedure?

This procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic. A small incision is placed in the perineum. A sling is then placed under the urethra and this is elevated so that the urethra is less mobile. This in effect provides a “backboard” to support the urethra.

How is stress urinary incontinence treated?

The first issue here is to quantify the amount of leakage a man is experiencing. This can be done by counting the number of pads used in a day, or more accurately weighing the pads to assess the volume of urine leaked in a 24 hr period. As a crude rule of thumb an...

How is urge incontinence treated?

As urge incontinence is related to obstruction in most men treatment of the obstruction will usually improve things. If the urgency is unrelated to obstruction matters can be improved by using certain bladder medications such as Vesicare.

What causes male incontinence?

There are two types of incontinence: urge and stress. Urge incontinence usually arises in the context of having bladder outlet obstruction. In men who have a large obstructing prostate the bladder wall can become very thick and stiff which results in high bladder...

Why I am getting up more at night to pee?

In the majority of men, as they get older this is associated with prostatic growth. As the prostate grows it gradually and progressively obstructs the outlet of the bladder. In turn, the bladder has to “work harder” to empty and through this process becomes thicker...