An artificial urinary sphincter is an implantable device in men to treat severe urinary incontinence. Such incontinence is most often due to previous prostate surgery, either for prostate cancer or benign enlargement.
The device comprises of three connected parts — a cuff, pump and balloon reservoir. The inflatable cuff is positioned around the urine passage (urethra) and is controlled by the pump, which is placed in the scrotum. The balloon reservoir is placed in the pelvic area and regulates the cuff’s pressure. When the cuff is inflated, it prevents urine from leaking. The cuff is deflated to allow urine to drain out during urination.
The procedure only takes a few minutes and can be done in an outpatient setting, avoiding the need to be admitted to a hospital. At URODOC, we offer bladder botox injections at our on-site procedure room.
A urethral sling is a procedure used to treat stress urinary incontinence. The sling supports the urine passage (urethra) to hold it closed when there is pressure on the bladder. This can stop urine leakage during activities, such as exercise or coughing, that exert pressure on the bladder.
A urethral sling is a procedure used to treat mild to moderate urinary incontinence. The sling is placed to compress the urine passage (urethra) through a small incision in the perineum. In men, a urethral sling is most often used to manage incontinence after prostate surgery.
Urethral bulking is a procedure to treat urinary incontinence. This involves injecting a bulking agent around the urethra at the bladder outlet to help close the sphincter, so that leakage is less likely to occur. The injections are guided by a cystoscope and can typically be carried out as a day surgery without requiring a hospital stay.