A variety of reasons cause Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). The three most common causes of SUI that occur in men are:
Pelvic trauma or surgery
Pelvic trauma such as a pelvic fracture or other injuries to the pelvis often require pelvic surgery. Pelvic surgery can have complications such as injury to the bladder or internal bleeding, and it is through these complications that Stress Urinary Incontinence can be caused. Damage to the bladder results in difficulty holding the urine inside the bladder due to weakened muscles, and as such, leakage of urine occurs.
Prostate cancer treatment
Prostate cancer treatment can, unfortunately, damage the nerves and muscles that control when you urinate. Each therapy can cause different urinary problems, and as such your chances of getting the side effects will depend on the treatment you are having and whether or not you had any urinary issues before treatment started.
Conditions such as Stroke or Diabetes
Several conditions could, as a side effect, cause SUI. Stroke survivors commonly suffer from bladder and bowel function problems. This can occur when a stroke damages part of the brain that controls waste removal or the brain signals for it, resulting in the inability to manage your bladder or bowels properly.
Other conditions such as Diabetes are known to increase the chances of causing SUI, while the exact link is still unknown it is presumed that there are several ways in which Diabetes can create SUI. One reason how Diabetes can create SUI is through Obesity. Obesity places pressure on your bladder. It can also cause nerve damage or compromise your immune system which in turn can cause incontinence. Incontinence is also a known side effect of some diabetic medication.
Other conditions may cause SUI. If you are struggling with SUI, it is best to speak with your Doctor and discuss whether or not you may benefit from one of our procedures such as the AMS 800 Urinary Control System which may be a solution to your SUI.