What can I do to get back to my regular life faster after prostate surgery?
Urinary incontinence is a common problem among men who have experienced prostate surgery (prostatectomy).
Most men regain control of the bladder over time and it usually is completely recovered within 6-12 months. However, it is important to rely on professional advice to resolve urinary problems during this period.
Why does urinary incontinence occur after the operation?
The prostate gland is a male reproductive organ. It is the size of a walnut and is located at the base of the bladder. The thin tube (urethra) that carries urine and sperm from the penis passes through the center of the prostate gland. At the point where the bladder and urethra join, there is a ring made up of muscles, known as the urethral sphincter, which opens and closes like a shutter. The urethral sphincter remains closed most of the time to prevent urine from escaping but when it gets authorization from the brain, it opens to allow urine to pass. Another sphincter located under the prostate gland is the pelvic floor and is involved in bladder control. If the urethral sphincter is damaged during prostate surgery, the pelvic floor muscles can help control the passage of urine. If the pelvic floor is weak, a urinary incontinence problem may arise.
Any surgery is a trauma for the body, but some concrete actions can help you recover your daily life faster.
In the specific case of prostate surgery, as we said, one of the most common discomforts is post-operative incontinence due to the weakening of the pelvic floor, which in many cases is a temporary condition: it will, therefore, be necessary initially to use specific aids for the incontinence, choosing the one that best suits your needs.
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One of the most effective solutions to support the body in rehabilitation - but also as a preparation for surgery - are the Kegel exercises, which help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, which "regulate" the functioning of the bladder.
Physical activity, in general, can be useful, as long as you avoid sports that put pressure on the bladder (cycling, for example) or that oblige you to abdominal efforts, while pilates, yoga, swimming, but also a simple walk, are valid allies.
Obviously, the main advice is to always contact your reference doctor, who will give you the most suitable indications for your specific condition.