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How Long Does Recovery from Urinary Incontinence Take?

11/29/2004

Question:

I had prostatectomy about 7 months ago and am still suffering from urinary incontinence. The doctor who performed surgery told me it would take 6 months to 2 years to recover from incontinence, but another urologist said there was little chance of recovery after 6 months. Which is correct?

Answer:

The time varies and depends on the degree of incontinence.  I have seen patients with partial incontinence get return of function within a year.  If there is no improvement during this time, I feel the likelihood of improvement is minimal.  I assume you are using Kegel exercises.

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Response by:

Martin I Resnick, MD Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University