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Common Questions: The Procedure

Is there a risk of incontinence with radical prostatectomy?

Yes. Radical prostatectomy can be associated with incontinence, defined as involuntary loss of urine. Generally speaking, incontinence is rarely a permanent problem after laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, although in can happen. In almost cases, incontinence after laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is a transient problem that seems to correlate with resolution of pelvic trauma. A fair number of patients actually have no incontinence, neither permanent nor temporary, but one cannot know in advance of prostate cancer surgery who those patients will be.