Protect Yourself from Incontinence After Robotic Prosate Surgery

Improve your symptoms and protect from dribbles and leaks. 
Prostate cancer is the most common form of male cancer. When an individual with prostate cancer receives treatment, possibly robotic prostate surgery, the goal is to only destroy cancer cells. Unfortunately, sometimes healthy cells and tissue are also destroyed, and one of the common side effects of this is urinary incontinence. 

Because the urinary sphincter is surrounded by the prostate gland, it is often damaged in surgery. While the incontinence that results is usually only temporary, and most men regain complete control within 18 months or so, those months of recovery can be challenging.

What can you do to protect yourself from incontinence after robotic prostate surgery?

While you may not be able to avoid it, there are things you can do to improve the symptoms, and protect from dribbles and leaks.

The first thing you want to do is talk to your doctor about the leaks. While they are common after robotic prostate surgery, is a good idea to make sure there are not other factors causing them, such as a urinary tract infection or being overweight.

The next thing you want to consider is strengthening the pelvic floor muscles to regain control. This can be done through exercises such as Kegels. Your doctor can help you with biofeedback and other tools to pinpoint which muscles to exercise, and provide tips for doing so.

And the last thing you should do is protect against leaks and do what it takes to stay fresh while you strengthen and recover. This is done through absorbent products. There are a number of different options available from male pads to complete briefs and adult diapers.

Because the severity of incontinence varies from man to man, there is not a one size fits all solution to incontinence after robotic prostate surgery. So how can you determine the best product for your needs?

“According to Kimberly Clark, makers of Depend and Poise, customers buying incontinence products for the first time waste an average of $130 trying products before finding what they need,” says Wilson.

You don’t have to waste hundreds of dollars to find the products that are going to work best for your needs. The CareGiver Partnership offers three unique services to cut through the confusion and provide solutions to your post robotic prostate surgery incontinence:

Samples to Try Before You Buy

With dozens of continuously changing names for styles, sizes, absorbency and features, it’s no wonder customers are confused. The CareGiver Partnership helps customers avoid this costly mistake by allowing them to try samples before they buy; customers pay only a minimal shipping cost.

Try our sample service, avoid wasting money on trial and error. 
Incontinence Product Finder

A new free and useful online tool called The Incontinence Product Finder. “By combining our Incontinence Product Finder with our ‘Try Before You Buy’ sample service, we’re providing caregivers with tools to help avoid the costly mistake of buying incontinence products that don’t meet their needs,” Wilson says.

Using the Incontinence Product Finder, customers easily can sort through more than 660 products in seconds. Products can be narrowed down by gender, size, absorbency, style and brand. By selecting a product on the resulting list, a customer can see features, quantity, price and whether a sample is available without leaving the page. The end result for customers is helping them better determine the best incontinence product choices and reducing their chances of buying products that do not meet their needs.

Sort through more than 660 products in seconds. 
“As the incontinence product market keeps expanding, more seniors and caregivers than ever before are using this free online tool to help them make better choices and avoid costly waste,” says Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership, a national retailer of incontinence supplies and other home health care products.

In a category that includes washable undergarments, swimwear, active wear, pull-on underwear, adult diapers, briefs and pads, there’s no shortage of available products to meet the needs those with urinary or bowel incontinence.

Like all areas of The CareGiver Partnership’s website, this innovative tool is designed with the senior shopper in mind. From the Incontinence page, shoppers can access other user friendly features such as an easy to understand section explaining incontinence product styles, answers to frequently asked questions, and information on how to become a product tester.

Real Help From Real People

Those with questions also have free access to The CareGiver Partnership’s team of knowledgeable Product Specialists, all of whom are current or former caregivers themselves. Calls usually are answered by the third ring by real people based in Neenah, Wis. The free customer service number, available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Standard Time, is 18009851353.

Tena for Men may be a great option for men with light incontinence, as it has an anatomical design for greater comfort and discretion, and is designed to have a low-profile fit and odor protection.

Further Reading: 

Prostate Cancer Symptoms: The Signs of Prostate Cancer

A Review of the Best Incontinence Products For Men Following Prostate Surgery
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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visit to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.


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