Artificial Sphincter for Urinary Incontinence in Men

Medical therapies including medications, exercise programs and biofeedback techniques can help many patients with urinary incontinence. For men who have had prostate surgery, but whose lifestyle continues to be severely affected by leakage of urine despite having tried multiple treatments, the winning solution may be surgical implantation of an artificial urinary sphincter.

Our urologic surgeons are specially trained, highly skilled and experienced in this leading edge treatment option. They will thoroughly assess your health condition to determine if this option is recommended for you. Then, our urologists will completely explain the treatment, the device, and potential benefits and risks, so you can decide if the artificial sphincter is right for you.

The artificial sphincter is an implantable, fluid-filled, solid silicone device. The patient controls the opening and closing of the urethra to simulate normal sphincter function.

The artificial sphincter offers several benefits in helping to restore patients' continence and quality of life:
  • This procedure can be done safely with one to two small incisions in about one hour and normally requires a 24 hour hospital stay.
  • Most men treated with the artificial sphincter regained continence or had a significant improvement in their ability to stay dry.
  • Time-tested: the artificial sphincter has been in use for over 35 years, and is considered the “gold standard” treatment for men with severe urinary incontinence following prostatectomy.
  • Effective: the artificial sphincter can offer men the opportunity to achieve long-lasting urinary continence.
Your medical history, health condition and other factors can influence if you are a candidate for this treatment and can also influence your procedure risks and potential benefits. Our urologists will explain this treatment option to you and discuss your personal health situation, potential benefits and risks.

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