Post-prostatectomy Incontinence Initial Evaluation

  • Raveen Syan
  • Victor W. NittiEmail author


Urinary incontinence is one of the most common complications following radical prostatectomy. The incidence of urinary incontinence has a large reported range, from 2 to 87 % [1]. By understanding the risk factors and the pathophysiology of post-prostatectomy incontinence (PPI), patients can be risk stratified for long-term voiding dysfunction that may require intervention. There are currently a number of options available for Urologists to offer patients to manage this incontinence, dependent upon the type and degree of incontinence and its effect on quality of life. For this reason, a thorough and detailed evaluation is important in all patients, which includes a detailed history and physical exam as well as specific diagnostic tests, when appropriate. It is equally important to avoid unnecessary diagnostic tests that do not aid in management of a particular patient.


Pathophysiology Risk factors History Urodynamics Cystoscopy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyNYU Langone Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of UrologyObstetrics and Gynecology, NYU Langone Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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