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Bladder Leakage Preparation
If you are about to have a radical prostatectomy (surgery) you will probably have been told that you will have a catheter after the operation. When the catheter is removed you may have bladder leakage (urinary incontinence).
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.
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.
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
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