What to expect
Most men will have some bladder leakage immediately following removal of the catheter. This usually lasts a few days or weeks. However, it can last longer - unfortunately it is hard to predict exactly how you will be affected.
Men often say they were warned about bladder leakage after catheter removal but were not told about this in any detail. They say they would have liked more information about what was to happen to them after the operation and what they could do to prepare.
4Approximately 1 out of 7 men will be left with life-long urinary incontinence after treatment123
What can I do?
Read the following sections in which you will find practical advice and tips to help you prepare for having a catheter and managing bladder leakage.
There are quotes and videos of men describing their experiences. These will help you to understand what to expect in the days and weeks after your operation.
There is also advice on the many continence products available for men. Videos provide guidance on using the products. Tips from men who have used the products will help you to get the best out of them.
Listen to Paul's story to hear one man's experience of a prostatectomy and coping with leakage afterwards. In the video below, hear Laurence talking about his experience of bladder leakage after his catheter was removed.
Anything else I need to know?
To find out more about surgery for prostate cancer visit:
There are other non-surgical treatments for prostate cancer such as radiotherapy. These can also cause bladder or bowel symptoms. For more information about non-surgical treatments, go to non-surgical treatments.
Another common side effect of prostatectomy is difficulty with erections. For further information go to Prostate Cancer UK