ARTICLES / Incontinence/
Male Incontinence Products /
Angela Medieros, Staff Writer
When a loved one has undergone prostate surgery,
incontinence may result as a complication. The
prostate gland is an organ surrounding the male
urethra, which is the passageway for urine to exit
the body. After any destruction to the gland,
either through treatment for cancer, or a removal
due to the prostate’s non-cancerous enlargement,
there is a chance for incontinence.
Incontinence itself is not a “disease,” but a
symptom or side effect of another condition which
underlies it. In both men and women, the
spinal cord nerves assist with bladder sensation and
control, as to the muscles surrounding the pelvis.
Many conditions can be treated, but until full
treatment is implemented and is successful,
incontinence must be dealt with.
Addressing the matter with your loved one will help
ease their stress and yours. As an unwanted
condition that is embarrassing to the loved one, it
is important for caregivers to have “control”
options available. Some may come in medication
form prescribed by the doctor. Others are
medical supplies that can be purchased over the
counter, or via insurance if covered.
TYPES OF INCONTINENCE
Incontinence can occur at nighttime in individuals
of any age. Known as enuresis or “bedwetting,”
it is attributed to children. This
psychological stigma may prevent your loved one from
dealing with the situation. As a caregiver,
you may be inclined to call them “accidents.”
Although they may occur less frequently than with
other types of incontinence, take the “better safe
than sorry” approach on a nightly basis.
Environmental incontinence occurs in households that
have too many obstacles between the individual and
the bathroom. In one bathroom homes, children
or visitors may be occupying the facilities when the
urge appears. This type of incontinence can
also occur on trips of any length.
Total incontinence may occur when there is damage to
the bladder or urethra, and is constant. This
is the most taxing upon caregivers and loved ones,
and requires more intervention.
Both reflex and functional incontinence can occur in
patients who have dementia, stroke or other sensory
awareness dysfunctions. As with total
incontinence, interventions that are more advanced,
or combined with medication and fluid control, can