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If you suffer from stress urinary incontinence (SUI), your doctor will do an examination and advise you of your treatment options.

There are men at risk of developing urinary incontinence, such as those whose prostate has been removed (partially or completely). Since the prostate surrounds the urethra, helping it to resist the pressure of a full bladder, its removal can decrease the amount of pressure the urethra can resist, leading to urinary leakage.

There are options to improve or cure your condition. The aim of all procedures is to make you continent. How this is done varies. Together with your doctor you can decide which approach is best for you, based on:

  • Your age
  • Your general state of health
  • The severity of your urinary incontinence
  • How bothersome your symptoms are

This section offers general information and situations which can vary in different countries.

Surgical treatment Description Recommended for
Artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) External compression of the urethra* with the help of a hand-controlled pump Men with moderate to severe urinary leakage of a particular type
Sling implantation A type of band is used to compress the urethra Men with mild to moderate urinary leakage of a particular type
Adjustable slings A type of band used to compress the urethra which can be adjusted at a later stage, if needed Men with mild to moderate urinary leakage of a particular type
Special situation
Bulking agents Substance that is injected into the wall of the urethra to improve closure.  Men with mild urinary leakage of a particular type, who are not eligible for major surgery, only expect a short-term benefit or want to postpone standard surgical treatment


*The urethra is a tube that allows passage of urine from the bladder.