Surgical Treatment for Men with SUI


Artificial Urinary Sphincter Implantation in Men

Artificial urinary sphincter implantation, or AUS, is a common treatment for moderate to severe stress urinary incontinence. With the help of a hand-controlled pump, the AUS allows you to control your bladder by compressing and releasing a cuff around the urethra. The goal of the AUS is to reduce urine leakage during activities such as sneezing, coughing, running or lifting.

When should I consider an AUS?

AUS is generally recommended in case of severe urinary incontinence, or if sling implantation has failed to cure or improve your condition. AUS has a long-lasting effect and improves your quality of life.

You have to be able to manually control the pump. Before the surgery is scheduled, the doctor or nurse will sit down with you to discuss how the device works and to make sure you feel comfortable using it.

The doctor will do some tests to make sure that there are no contraindications for getting an AUS. As part of this assessment, you will need a cystoscopy, and a pad test. You can read more about these in the leaflet Assessment and Diagnosis of Urinary Incontinence.

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Read more about AUS and what to expect after the procedure. This section shows an illustration of the procedure.