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Alternative NamesArtificial sphincter (AUS) - urinaryRisksThis procedure is generally safe. Ask your doctor about these possible complications.Risks for any surgery are:Infection at the site of the incisionOpening of the incisionBlood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungsBreathing problemsBleedingOther infectionRisks for this surgery may include:Damage to the urethra, bladder, or vaginaDifficulty emptying your bladder, which may require a catheterUrine leakage that may get worseFailure, infection, or wearing away of the device that requires surgery to remove it
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...
BPH; Benign prostatic hypertrophy (hyperplasia); Prostate - enlarged
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