Prostate Surgery

Did you know it is common to leak urine following prostate surgery?

Did you know pelvic floor muscle exercises help you recover?

Did you know that starting these exercises before your surgery is most effective?

Prostate cancer and surgery is a difficult time both physically and emotionally for men and their family. 
 
Leaking urine post surgery is expected and reduces with time, however, research shows that commencing pelvic floor muscle physiotherapy prior to surgery will help reduce the amount of leakage and the time it takes to regain bladder control. 
 
We work closely with your urologist, urology nurse and you to support you through this difficult time.

Enlarged prostate affects urine flow and post removal men may leak urine

Common symptoms:

  • Leaking urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh or on your way to the toilet

  • Leaking urine as you move from sitting to standing, walking or exercising

  • Having to rush to the toilet to pass urine

  • Having to pass urine frequently

  • Having to wake up several times at night to pass urine

 
Possible causes:

  • Radical prostatectomy surgery

  • Bladder problems prior to surgery

  • Weakness or poor use of pelvic floor muscles

  • Constipation or straining

 
What can be done?

  • We are specifically trained to make a thorough assessment and design a treatment program to meet your personal needs. 

  • Learn where the pelvic floor muscles are and how to use them

  • Specific exercises will help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles

  • Bladder training will help to control frequency and urgency symptoms

  • Education on how to use these muscles in your daily activities including exercise or at work

  • Advice on preventing further weakness of these muscles and reducing aggravating factors