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Artificial Sphincter for Urinary Incontinence

Artificial Sphincter is a surgery treatment for male severe incontinence. An artificial sphincter is a device made of silicone rubber that is used to treat urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is the accidental loss of urine. More than 15 million American men and women suffer from this disease.

When you get home:

Diet

You may return to your normal diet within twenty-four hours following your surgery.We suggest clear liquids and a very light meal the first evening following surgery.

Activity

  • Your physical activity should be restricted the first forty-eight hours.
  • During the first 7 to 10 days following surgery you should avoid lifting any heavy objects (anything greater than fifteen pounds), and avoid strenuous exercise. If you work, ask us specifically about your restrictions, both for home and work.
  • You should plan to wear a tight pair of jockey shorts or an athletic support for the first 4-5 days, even to sleep.
  • Ice packs should be placed over the scrotum on and off for the first 48 hours. Frozen peas or corn in a ZipLoc bag can be frozen, used and re-frozen. 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off is a reasonable schedule.

Medication

  • Take pain medication as directed by your physician
  • Take antibiotics as prescribed
  • Call if any worsening of pain

Wound

  • Keep incision clean
  • If a NEW area of redness or swelling occurs, please let us know
  • Hygiene
  • You may shower 48 hours after surgery
  • Avoid tub bathing until approved by your physician

Side Effects:

PROBLEMS YOU SHOULD REPORT TO YOUR DR:

  • Fever of 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Moderate or severe swelling under the skin incision or involving the scrotum
  • Drug reactions such as hives, a rash, nausea or vomiting

Follow Up:

You should contact our office within 24 hours to set up your first follow-up appointment. This visit, to check your incision and progress, is usually set up 1-2 weeks following your surgery. Please make sure to schedule and attend your follow up appointment.