The decision to undergo surgery on your prostate is quite a difficult one to make, as there are a number of quite serious side effects that you will have considered before going ahead and the outcomes following the surgery can be mixed too. But once you have made the difficult decision to go ahead, it can be devastating to suffer from incontinence after prostate surgery.
We do understand how difficult it is to go through this and also how difficult it is to talk about too, but we can help and we will approach your situation with sensitivity to help you to decide if you would like to make a claim for compensation.
What can happen after surgery?
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in males and there is generally a good recovery rate, around 85% remain cancer free after 5 years.
One treatment for prostate cancer is an operation called a prostatectomy. This involves the removal of the prostate gland either through the tummy (abdomen) or from a cut between the scrotum and anus.
One of the side effects of surgery can be incontinence. About 20% of men do have some problems with incontinence following their surgery. Most of these problems are temporary and with time they will sort themselves out but a small number of people, around 5%, have more serious and long terms problems.
Why does incontinence after prostate surgery happen?
The prostate gland is a male reproductive organ which is located at the base of the bladder. The urethra passes through the centre of the prostate gland and where the bladder and urethra meet there is a ring of muscles known as the bladder neck sphincter. The bladder neck sphincter allows urine to be passed through the urethra when told to do so by the brain, but if the bladder neck sphincter is damaged during prostate surgery then incontinence may result.
How can we help?
We do know how difficult it is to deal with incontinence and the feelings attached to having these types of problems can be very hard to come to terms with.
We will talk with you and discuss the issues you are facing sensitively and we’ll be able to tell you what your position is and whether you can make a claim for compensation if that is what you decide to do.
With an experienced team in medical negligence claims, we’ll ensure we explain all of the legal circumstances in a clear, uncomplicated way without using legal jargon.
What will it cost me to make a claim?
We always offer you a free consultation to discuss your claim with us and then you can decide if you would like to move forwards.
We will also take this time to discuss the funding options available to you and to help you understand all of the legal details in an easy and uncomplicated way without any jargon.