Artificial sphincter for urinary incontinence

J. Ben-Chaim, G. Raviv, I. Lebovitch, J. Ramon, B. Goldwasser

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During the past 4 years 21 patients underwent implantation of the model AS-800 artificial urinary sphincter, 4 of whom underwent simultaneous implantation of an inflatable penile prosthesis. The mean age was 48 years (range 33-73). Incontinence was neurogenic in 12 (57%) and a complication of urologic surgery (mainly prostatectomy) in 9 (43%). In 8, in whom intermittent self-catheterization was planned, the sphincter cuff was implanted around the bladder neck, and in the other 13, around the bulbar urethra. The immediate postoperative course was uneventful in 18 (85%), but 2 (10%) had urinary tract infection and 1 had urinary retention. During a mean follow-up of 20 months (range 1-36), 19 (90%) were found to be continent (in 2 of them the cuff had had to be changed to a smaller size due to tissue atrophy), and 1 had suffered from urgency incontinence which disappeared with anticholinergic medication. In 2 with incontinence due to neurogenic bladder, the sphincter had became infected and had had to be removed; 1 of these 2 had undergone simultaneous augmentation cystoplasty. This experience resulted in a change in our policy: we now implant the sphincter and perform augmentation cystoplasty in 2 separate stages. We find implantation of the artificial urinary sphincter very effective treatment for urinary incontinence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-212
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - 16 Feb 1992
Externally publishedYes


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