Tuesday, 4 September 2007

New sling helps prostate cancer survivors who suffer from incontinence

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Many prostate cancer survivors develop incontinence after undergoing surgery due to damage to the urinary sphincter. This damage is often unavoidable.

A new type of sling, called the AdVance sling, involves a thin strip of mesh, between incisions on the inner thigh, which is then passed beneath the bottom of the urethra to increase support where tissues have been weakened. This can help prevent leakage of urine when abdominal pressure increases.

Dr. Allen Morey of UT Southwestern says that this low-risk procedure can "offer men a chance to return to their daily activities with minimal to no pain," instead of coping by restricting activities or fluid intake.

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