Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 135-141

First online:

Contemporary Incidence of Postprostatectomy Incontinence and Impact on Health-related Quality of Life

  • Angelish KumarAffiliated withDepartment of Urology, New York University Langone Medical Center Email author 
  • , Victor W. NittiAffiliated withDepartment of Urology, New York University Langone Medical Center

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The incidence of postprostatectomy incontinence (PPI) has been notoriously difficult to assess. We investigated the contemporary incidence of PPI and the impact of PPI on health-related quality of life. Large studies with patient self-reported outcomes and more than 12 months of follow-up demonstrated that 80% to 98.5% of men report using 0 or 1 pad per day, and that in the setting of cancer control, most men who use 0 or 1 pad per day consider themselves continent.


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