• How long does incontinence last? I had catheter removed 1 week ago after robotic prostatectomy.

    Asked by jDay on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    How long does incontinence last? I had catheter removed 1 week ago after robotic prostatectomy.

    I now have total incontinence. How long before I get any control over my bladder?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • Gabba's Avatar

      Every person is different...my husband had the same robotic surgery almost two years ago with the catheter in place for two weeks ...initially he would go through 2-3 pads a day for a few weeks, then 1-2 pads, with just a small amount of leakage for a few months after, then towards the end of radiation he had increased leakage due to irritation from radiation...he had stopped leaking completely until the blizzard of 2013 here in Boston and had a little setback after hours and days of heavy shoveling. He is fine now again. Check with your doctor. He will explain the process again to you. My husband has found the TENA men's products the best...he wears a pad inside tight boxer briefs and has not had any problems. You can get these online through drugstore.com.
      Good luck and God bless

      over 4 years ago
    • ROBERT's Avatar

      It varies with individuals but patience is the key here. most men find control near two months after surgery. I am 6 weeks post surgery and although i dont feel comfortable without either a few kleenex or small pad to catch a few dribbles now and then I feel i am closer to continence. The first week was 2 pads a day and then one pad. Dont be concerned until you reach 2 months. Keep up the keegle excercises....

      over 4 years ago
    • tomget's Avatar

      I had the same procedure last Dec 13 and I no longer wear any kind of adult diapers or mini pads etc. And still once in a while..if I have a big physical day where I dig hard in the garden or yank the motor out of the truck and stuff..is it fatigue or whatever I will get some leakage. But normally none.

      After the catheter removed I wore adult diapers for maybe 3 weeks? and then mini pads for about the same and finally like I said nothing. As I recall it took me about six weeks total before I was the way I described today.

      It varies for peeps, but my experience sounds common. Of course one needs to do those Kegel exercises (in the beginning anyway)..I haven't kept that up..maybe I should? Not sure.

      Good luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar

      I know that the everyone's different can be a very tough thing to hear, especially from guys like me who never had much if any problem with control. Just remember you're healing and sometimes there is just no way of telling exactly what that means for each of us.

      Keep the faith and do your exercises and with luck and a bit of patience all will be fine.

      Keep it positive and smile :)

      over 4 years ago
    • AlineVeloso's Avatar

      As the other answers said, varies from person to person, but you can speed this continence process with exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. There are several exercises that can help you, ask about these exercises to your doctor or seek a physical therapist, who can also help you.

      over 4 years ago
    • jDay's Avatar

      To answer my own question: It took almost 5 months for me to see noticeable improvement in my incontinence. But it finally occurred. I am down to about 1 or 2 pads per day (from about 5 before), and am peeing like normal again (rather than dribbling all day in a Depends). Now the challenge is overcoming ED. My dr tells me this could take 2 years.

      about 4 years ago

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