ARTIFICIAL URINARY SPHINCTER
What is an Artificial Urinary Sphincter?
This is a treatment for men with severe Stress Urinary Incontinence also known as Intrinsic Sphincter deficiency.
Who develops this?
Nearly all men with severe incontinence develop this after a radical prostatectomy for prostate Cancer.
What symptoms do these men have?
Urinary leakage, with coughing and sneezing, lifting weights, golfing, during sexual activity, or simply no specific activity- urine just leaks at rest.
What is the AUS?
This is a procedure- it takes about 1 hour to perform, where an inflatable cuff is implanted around the urethra, with a pump in the scrotum. At rest, it is closed, the cuff is tight. When the button is pressed once, it opens up for several minutes- allowing the man to void. It auto-closes without any action at all, after a few minutes it just closes on its own.
Who is a candidate?
If you or a loved one leaks urine, and wears more than 2 pads per day and is tired of wearing diapers and smelling like urine, and avoiding going out due to embarrassment- you may be a candidate.
Can I see videos of this procedure?
Yes. See here.