7 Ways to Create a Post Prostatectomy Incontinence Strategy
Understanding and articulating the unique situation a man goes through post radical prostatectomy can be daunting.
In my previous post, I explained how to prepare for and heal from a radical prostatectomy (Prostate Surgery).
Here are seven ways to create a strategy for post prostatectomy male urinary incontinence.
- Evaluate your situation. How serious is your situation post prostatectomy? A problem can exist when the bladder outlet scarring, post surgery or radiation, prevents the complete emptying of the bladder. This can cause retention of a substantial quantity of urine which is easily pushed out of the bladder by coughing, straining, or physical activity like skiing.
- Research what level of male urinary incontinence you have. There are different levels of urinary incontinence. If you have "Urge Incontinence," then you may only need a pad post prostatectomy. If you have "Total Incontinence," then you may need an incontinence tool, such as, the Pacey Cuff - Turbo.
- Know how to use your incontinence tools. When choosing your incontinence tool, make sure that the device stops leaking urine without blocking circulation. The Pacey Cuff - Urethral Control Device has proven to be a versatile solution for patients with post prostatectomy incontinence.
- Train a caregiver or family member. At first, the incontinence tool of choice will have a learning curve for users and their caregivers. However, over time the incontinence device makes the control and comfort better.
- Track your level of incontinence over time. As urinary incontinence improves, men will start looking for an incontinence pad instead of their previous incontinence product. Pacey MedTech continues to develop innovative products that improve the control and comfort of the user. The latest design, by Dr. John Pacey, is an environmentally friendly reusable pad called the Pacey Cuff Guard.
- Tell your story. Many men are on the journey of male urinary incontinence alone. The only way to reach more men and help them with urinary incontinence is to share a testimony. It is easy for users to share their story anonymously online on Amazon, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. This is why it's recommended to leave a 5-star review after purchasing an incontinence device.
- Make sure you are in contact with your medical doctor. Be sure to contact your medical advisor prior to any attempt at self catheterization.