Male Artificial Urinary Sphincter

What is an artificial urinary sphincter?

The artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) is the gold standard treatment for severe male urinary incontinence, which often occurs as a consequence of prostate cancer treatments. It was developed 40 years ago and has an excellent success rate. The AUS is designed to mimic a healthy sphincter and will allow you to urinate when desired.

How does it work?

It is a 3-piece component that uses an inflatable cuff that surrounds the urethra to cause constant compression to resist urine leakage. The pressure in the cuff is released only when the patient decides to urinate and he depresses a small pump located in the scrotum.

What can I expect from the surgery?

The surgery takes about 2 to 2.5 hours and requires an overnight stay in the hospital. Recovery and pain is typically minimal, but the patient is restricted from strenuous physical exertion for several weeks. Risks of the procedure include bleeding, erosion of the cuff through the urethra, need for device removal due to infection and malfunction of the device over time. On average it provides excellent results for several years.*

Treatments for male urinary incontinence in Torrance, California

To discuss the procedure and the risks involved with a urologist in Torrance, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Shelby Morrisroe. During your initial consultation, Dr. Morrisroe can also discuss non-surgical treatment options with you. If an artificial urinary sphincter is necessary, she can perform the surgery. To get started, give us a call or fill out our online scheduling form. It’s time to address your frustrating urinary incontinence issues.


*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

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