Health Watch — Father's Day: Prostate Cancer Aftermath

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about men’s health issues, in honor of Father’s Day. Men who’ve survived prostate cancer may face other problems, including incontinence. The surgery to treat prostate cancer may damage the sphincter that controls urine flow.

Dr. Allen Morey, a urologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says this incontinence affects men during strenuous activity, coughing or laughing, and it may lead to men altering their daily activities or restricting their fluid intake. He uses a surgical sling to treat this condition. A thin strip of mesh passed between incisions in the inner thighs provides additional support in the area where tissues are weakened. This kind of procedure has been used to treat incontinence in women, but now it’s being applied to men.

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/urology to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in urology.
 

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June 2008

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