Leaking when coughing, lifting, straining and other physical activity are symptoms of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).
This commonly occurs after a prostate is removed (Radical prostatectomy), and rarely after the prostate has been treated for obstruction such as after a Trans Urethral Resection of the prostate (TURP) or Microwave.
Loss of bladder control can be very distressing but fortunately there are ways of managing the situation depending on individual circumstances which your Urologist will evaluate.
Usually your Urologist will ask a number of questions and may even ask you to keep a detailed diary (a Bladder Diary) on when you urinate, the volume, and record details of any accidents.
In addition to this, tests may be carried out to determine the precise causes and extent of the problem. These may involve cystoscopy (looking through a scope at the urethra (urine passage through the penis) and into the bladder, and Urodynamic tests to see pressure changes as the bladder fills and as urination occurs. The Urologist will decide what is most appropriate in every case.
As a result of the evaluation the Urologist will be able to recommend the most appropriate management of your condition.