How Brian Stopped Bladder Leakage After Prostate Cancer Surgery
Contino® helps Brian go back to life before incontinence – with skating, shopping, and traveling
Brian was diagnosed with prostate cancer at 60 years old. At the time, he was otherwise healthy and enjoyed long walks and ice skating. To treat his cancer, Brian had a major operation where the entire prostate gland was removed. As a side effect, he experienced severe stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Brian was an avid skater, both inline and on the ice, before his prostate cancer diagnosis in 2005. An operation that removed his prostate gland thankfully cured him of his cancer, but he was left with SUI as a side effect. For over two years, Brian was using multiple pads daily, which left him embarrassed and anxious about pad leakage in social settings. He could no longer enjoy the activities that were important to him, and his quality of life was very poor. Frustrated and searching for hope, Brian went to a specialist who offered the Pro-ACT system as a treatment.
The Pro-ACT system requires a procedure where two silicone balloons are placed where the prostate used to be. They were implanted in 2008, and though they worked for a little while, sometimes the balloons collapsed and stopped working. Brian even attempted to have them surgically repaired, which was not effective either. Without relief, he had them permanently removed in 2014.
“When you’re wearing a diaper, you’re leaking all the time. So, you don’t know how much you’re leaking, or whether the diaper is full, and you don’t know whether you’re gonna get up from sitting down and see a patch where you were sitting. With Contino® , I know when I want to go – just the same as you do! I can plan to go anywhere – like when we go to Europe.”
Brian was introduced to Contino® in late 2014 and enrolled in the Contino® clinical study, where he was one of the first patients to participate. He completed the study successfully in mid-2015 and continues to use Contino® today.
Life After Contino®
Brian has used Contino® for seven years with zero complications or adverse events. He no longer requires any pads and estimates that his leakage has reduced by about 98%. Brian can regularly exercise again and enjoy everyday activities such as going to concerts, traveling, and going to the mall without having to visit the bathroom constantly. Brian also shares that he doesn’t feel Contino® when inserted and finds that it helps his bladder reflexes return over time.
“It’s discreet – only I know that I’ve got [the Contino® ] on…I think I have a lot more independence now than when I was first incontinence. Socially, I can go anywhere I want to – concerts and stuff like that.”
Hear more on how Contino® improved Brian’s incontinence and his life after a stress urinary incontinence diagnosis.
“So generally, I think life is almost back to normal. It is dignified, it’s something personal, and it works well for me.”
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