Following proper prostatectomy recovery guidelines, patients who experienced normal continence prior to surgery should regain function within 12-13 months.
Loss of bladder control, or urinary incontinence, is a potential side effect of prostate removal surgery. Because the prostate sits just below the bladder and encircles the urethra, the urinary tract can be damaged during a radical prostatectomy. In the hands of an experienced robotic surgeon like Dr. Rahman, preservation of the urinary sphincter and competent rebuilding of the urinary tract can eliminate the risk of long-term incontinence. Uniquely, Dr. Rahman does not sever the endopelvic fascia and cuts the bladder neck very narrowly during robotic prostatectomy.
Urinary incontinence is far more common after open prostatectomy, as is risk of infection.