Schmidt , HealthCentral's Incontinence Expert
Although women are twice as likely as men to experience
incontinence, that doesnt mean that we should ignore our male
counterparts when it comes to this life-altering condition. As
always, its hard to find stats on incontinence, but one UK
site reported that 5 to 7% of men under 64 and 10 to 20% of men
over 64 experience some kind of urinary leakage. The Mens
Health Network, a non-profit committed to improving the health and
wellness of men, has declared this as Mens Health Week. With
Fathers Day right around the corner, the timing couldnt
be better to think about the men in our lives.
Men, as well as women, can experience incontinence for a variety
of reasons. However, one of the major contributing causes to
incontinence in men is prostate problems. According to the National
Institutes of Health, The prostate is a male gland about the
size and shape of a walnut. It surrounds the urethra...
Diagnosis A doctor makes a diagnosis of BPH based on description of symptoms, medical history, physical examination, and various blood and urine tests. The doctor may recommend that the patient sees a urologist for complex test procedures. Some diagnostic tests are used to rule out cancers of the prostate or bladder as the cause of symptoms. In some cases, symptoms of prostate cancer can be similar to those of BPH. Tests may also be performed to see if BPH has caused any kidney damage. Medical History The doctor will ask about the patients personal and family medical history, including past and present medical conditions. The doctor will also ask about any medications the patient may be taking that could cause urinary problems Physical Examination Digital Rectal Exam. The digital rectal exam is used to detect an enlarged prostate. The doctor inserts a gloved and lubricated finger into the patient's rectum and feels the prostate to estimate its size and to detect nodules or tenderness. The e...
Alternative Names Artificial sphincter (AUS) - urinary Risks This procedure is generally safe. Ask your doctor about these possible complications. Risks for any surgery are: Infection at the site of the incision Opening of the incision Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungs Breathing problems Bleeding Other infection Risks for this surgery may include: Damage to the urethra, bladder, or vagina Difficulty emptying your bladder, which may require a catheter Urine leakage that may get worse Failure, infection, or wearing away of the device that requires surgery to remove it
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