Quality of life of incontinent men after radical prostatectomy

J Urol. 1994 Mar;151(3):652-4. doi: 10.1016/s0022-5347(17)35038-3.


The impact of urinary incontinence on the quality of life among 50 men (average age 67 years) after radical prostatectomy was assessed by a self-administered questionnaire. The majority were not restricted by incontinence, whereas 26% of the men reported limitations in the usual physical activity and more than half reported moderate to severe emotional distress. Of 33 patients evaluated less than 5 years postoperatively 26 (79%) would choose surgery again despite incontinence, whereas 9 of 17 (53%) evaluated after 5 years were unsure or would not. Objective quality of life information may help to improve nonoperative intervention strategies for the incontinent patient.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Prostatectomy / adverse effects*
  • Prostatectomy / psychology
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urinary Incontinence / etiology*
  • Urinary Incontinence / psychology