Current Urology Reports

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A Systematic Approach to the Evaluation and Management of the Failed Artificial Urinary Sphincter

  • Amy D. Dobberfuhl
  • Craig V. Comiter
Female Urology (K Kobashi, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Female Urology


In men with post-prostatectomy incontinence, persistent or recurrent urinary leakage following artificial urinary sphincter placement is a frustrating complaint. Surgical failure can be classified as occurring early in the post-operative period vs. late—following a period of established continence—and should be managed according to the time course and severity of urinary leakage. We present a systematic approach for the evaluation and treatment of the failed artificial urinary sphincter. After considering the patient’s individualized treatment goals and impact on quality of life, the clinician can more appropriately advise patients on a management strategy for their recurrent or persistent urinary incontinence following artificial urinary sphincter placement.


Artificial urinary sphincter Equipment failure Incidence Overactive urinary bladder Prostatectomy Prostatic neoplasms 



Artificial urinary sphincter


Intrinsic sphincter deficiency


Post-prostatectomy incontinence


Pressure regulating balloon


Stress urinary incontinence


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Conflict of Interest

Amy D. Dobberfuhl is a Principle Investigator for SUFU Foundation Study of Chemodenervation funded by the Allergan Foundation.

Craig V. Comiter is a consultant and clinical investigator for Coloplast.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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