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Urinary Continence

Quickly Achieving Urinary Continence

Incontinence after prostate surgery is a concern shared by many patients, and it is also one of the most difficult challenges the surgeon faces during the procedure. Fortunately, our experience with regaining early urinary continence has been positive as our technique has evolved. With increased surgical experience and refinement of technique, our results have continually improved, and we’ve achieved some of the top published results worldwide. Over 95 percent of our patients regain urinary continence after robotic prostatectomy. Some patients with abnormal anatomy or physiology may not; however, we have optimized the chances by performing various technical innovations based upon our experience.

Dr. Vipul Patel’s innovative technique offers benefits like:

  • Maximizing urethral length to minimize the potential for damage of the urinary sphincter for continence Source: Eur Urol. 55(3):629-37. 2009 Mar.
  • Reconstruction of the pelvic floor continence mechanisms during surgery to stabilize the bladder and urethra to allow early recovery Source: BJU Int. 102(10):1482-5. 2008 Nov.
  • Bladder neck tapering and a watertight anastomosis to allow early urinary catheter removal and recovery (catheter is typically removed at four or five days post-surgery, resulting in less discomfort for the patient) Source: BJU Int. 104(6):878-81. 2009 Sep.

Recovery from incontinence after prostate surgery is unique to every patient, but most commonly takes less than three months.