Economic importance of postoperative urinary incontinence

In the 22,160 patients treated in Germany for prostate cancer by prostatectomy, the costs for direct and indirect sequelae as the result of postoperative urinary incontinence are estimated to be 71.

8 million €. This greatly exceeds the costs of 69. 8 million € for the operation itself. This additional economic burden can, however, be decisively influenced by using a surgical technique that preserves the integrity of the urethral sphincter.

Der Urologe. Ausg. A. 2015 Sep 25 [Epub ahead of print]

V Lent, M Schultheis

, Bergstraße 19, 53498, Bad Breisig, Deutschland. Urologisches Zentrum für Anschlussheilbehandlung Bad Wildungen-Reinhardshausen, Bad Wildungen-Reinhardshausen, Klinik am Kurpark, Bad Wildungen, Deutschland.