Pelvic Floor Muscle Training
Diet & Lifestyle
Bladder leakage is one of the side effects of surgery that men worry about most. Men report that, even though they were told that it might happen, they were not really prepared for the effect it would have on them and their lifestyle.
When your catheter is removed it is likely that you will have little control over your bladder and have heavy bladder leakage - this is quite usual. It is very difficult to predict how each man will be affected. Even men who have had the same operation will experience different degrees of bladder leakage.
The amount of urine you leak will generally reduce over time. Research suggests that most men will have no leakage by 12 months after surgery 1. However, bladder leakage can sometimes be long-term requiring further surgery.
Hear from men about their experiences of bladder leakage:
There are several things you can do in advance to prepare for bladder leakage. Find out which pads and other products might help you contain the leakage.
After your operation you will be encouraged to do pelvic floor muscle exercises - start practising before your operation so you get used to doing them.
Find out about ways to improve your diet and lifestyle to help with your recovery.
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