Journal article

Evaluation of pelvic floor muscle strength before and after robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy and early outcomes on urinary continence

Lauren Manley, Luke Gibson, Nathan Papa, Bhawanie Koonj Beharry, Liana Johnson, Nathan Lawrentschuk, Damien M Bolton

JOURNAL OF ROBOTIC SURGERY | SPRINGER LONDON LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of pelvic floor muscle (PFM) assessment and training before and after robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RARP) in improving PFM strength and urinary continence. We performed an analysis of a database of patients who underwent robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RARP) performed by two urologists from 2011 to 2013. Pelvic floor muscle (PFM) activation and strength were graded by a trained pelvic floor physiotherapist. Patients were given an exercise program, grouped according to the strength of their pelvic floor as graded by assessment, to complete before and after surgery. PFM strength was recorded preoperatively,..

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