Int Neurourol J.  2019 Dec;23(4):265-276. 10.5213/inj.1938210.105.

Artificial Urinary Sphincter for Postradical Prostatectomy Urinary Incontinence — Is It the Best Option?

  • 1Department of Urology, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.
  • 2Joint Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.


Male stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can undoubtedly reduce quality of life and promote personal distress and psychosocial alienation. The frequency of postprostatectomy urinary incontinence (PPI) counts on the characterization of urinary incontinence and the periods of patient follow-up. Operational therapeutics, for instance, urethral male slings and artificial urinary sphincters, are well-chosen as adequate and secure surgeries for male SUI in men with continual PPI when conservative treatment is ineffective. Over the former 2 decades, surgery has progressed regarding both operative approach and sling architecture. However, there are no guidelines about when surgery should be carried out and which is the most appropriate surgical option. In this review, we summarize recent advances in implantable devices for PPI and also discuss traditional surgical care. When we are planning the male PPI surgery, careful preoperative work-up should be performed and surgical method should be chosen according to the severity of the disease. Male sling is preferred in mild and moderate symptomatic patients with normal detrusor pressure and it is recommended to select traditional artificial urinary sphincter device in those with severe symptoms. It is expected that effective devices without adverse events will be developed with technical advances in near future.


Urinary sphincter, artificial; Male sling; Postprostatectomy incontinence; Urinary incontinence, stress

MeSH Terms

Emigrants and Immigrants
Follow-Up Studies
Quality of Life
Suburethral Slings
Urinary Incontinence*
Urinary Incontinence, Stress
Urinary Sphincter, Artificial*
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