Pelvic floor exercises after radical prostatectomy

Br J Nurs. 2013 May;22(9):S4-6, S8-9.


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. Treatment with radical prostatectomy may produce risk factors that commonly include urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Post-prostatectomy incontinence can be classified as either stress urinary incontinence, urge urinary incontinence or post-micturition dribble. Evidence has shown that these embarrassing conditions may be treated successfully with pre-operative and post-operative pelvic floor exercises, which include 'the knack', urge suppression, fluid advice and a post-void contraction for post-micturition dribble. New evidence suggests that men with erectile dysfunction may benefit from the same pelvic floor exercises.

MeSH terms

  • Erectile Dysfunction / etiology
  • Erectile Dysfunction / prevention & control*
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pelvic Floor*
  • Perioperative Care
  • Prostatectomy / adverse effects
  • Prostatectomy / rehabilitation*
  • Urinary Incontinence / etiology
  • Urinary Incontinence / prevention & control*