This sounds crazy but after surgery everyone speaks of leaking. Can't the leaking be restricted by some type of restaint around the penis?
In response to your question above...
Excerpt from Dr. Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer ~ Page 246
Can you do anything to speed things along, and improve your urinary control?
First, whatever you do, do not wear an incontinence device with an attached bag, a condom catheter, or clamp! If you use any artificial device, you will hurt yourself in the long run. You won’t be able to recover your urinary control, because you won’t develop the muscle control you need.
(reference to Dutch’s posting ~ yes there are devices out there but the key wording in his post is “brother has never regained complete control”… this is when other options come in to play if you are one of the ones who do not regain control… But….. we think positive!!! The most important words we can share here is…. It takes time and you best prepare yourself in advance by starting exercising immediately… )
Excerpt from Dr. Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer ~ page 244
Why does incontinence happen after radical prostatectomy?
**Men are equipped with three separate anatomical structures that control urine – a sphincter at the bladder neck, the prostate itself, and the external sphincter. Radical Prostatectomy knocks out two of these—the sphincter at the bladder neck and, of course, the prostate—leaving only the external sphincter to do the work of three.
**Because of the powerful structures upstream, this (external sphincter) is never tested or even used much in most men….
There is so much information in regard to Long-Term Issues: Urinary Continence in his book that I would highly suggest you get at least 1 book…. There are several listed in this forum and eventually I’m going to place them on the Helpful Hints… page…
The skill of the surgeon is sooooo important! And your commitment to getting this little guy in shape for his new job is equally important!
In any case…. get the little guy ready before surgery day… !! This is why the exercises (kegels, walking, stairs) are soooooooo important to strengthen this little muscle before surgery. So ~ when it’s time for him to kick in and start working…. He will be ready! The main thing our urologist told us is to “not overwork him”!!!
You’ve had some wonderful responses… now you need to start exercising and getting prepared for whatever treatment you choose.
Our thoughts are with you and will remain with you as you search for answers.
In New Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy
mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina
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April 3, 2006 53 on surgery day
RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"
PSA 4.6 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a Confined to Prostate
2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)