The findings of a new study have revealed that men could tolerate stress urinary incontinence (SUI) for a period exceeding two years prior to opting for medical assistance. SUI is diagnosed in an individual when specific physical exertion or activities such as heavy lifting, exercising or a mere cough leads to leakage of urine from the bladder.
The study was published in the ‘Urology’ journal and aimed at identification of the waiting time of men before seeking medical assistance for SUI. The findings suggest that the median length of waiting time was 32 months and almost 34% of the participants indicated waiting more than five years prior to seeking medical treatment for their SUI. Furthermore, the findings also indicated that patients in their 80s depicted median length of waiting time exceeding seven years.
The co-author of the study, Allen Morey, a professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the US, stated that SUI is a rare condition in men albeit with the implications for profoundly negative emotional and psycho-social impacts alongside representing a common ground for development of depression and anxiety post-treatment. He further added that male SUI could be addressed through simple and safe measures which may also include minor surgeries.
The solutions could include the sling procedure which assists in boosting the weakened sphincter muscle in the case of patients with minimal leakage. Another solution which is appropriate in case of severe leakage is the installation of an artificial sphincter which would replace the sphincter muscle completely. Morey also informed that accurate diagnosis and streamlining of treatment of recommendations could obtain adequate support from the new diagnostic techniques thereby resolving the concerns of SUI in patients.
The research involved a review of 572 cases of male patients associated with anti-incontinence surgery within the period from 2007 to 2017. The study demanded the performance of a standing cough test on patients by general practitioners and urologists in order to identify any accidental release of urine upon coughing.