Brian S. Christine, MD, presented “Best Treatment for Male Incontinence: Sling” during the Innovations in Urologic Practice 2020 virtual conference in September 2020.

How to cite: Christine, Brian S. “Best Treatment for Male Incontinence: Sling.” September 26th, 2020. Accessed Jul 2021.

Best Treatment for Male Incontinence: Sling – Summary

In the first part of this urologic debate, Brian S. Christine, MD, Director of Prosthetic Urology and Men’s Sexual Health at Urology Centers of Alabama in Birmingham, argues that the sling is the best treatment for post-prostatectomy stress urinary incontinence in men. He goes over how to select the right candidates for a sling, the pre- and post-operative procedural steps, and the resulting success rate. Dr. Christine notes that slings are best used in patients with mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence as determined by a severity grading system. He considers two options for determining incontinence severity, the pad test and the standing cough test, observing that the latter is preferable given that it is done in-office versus by the patient at home. Dr. Christine then provides a detailed explanation of the surgical steps and technique using an AdVance XP male sling. He concludes that the sling, when used on the ideal candidate with a standing cough test grade of 0, 1, or 2, results in a post-operative success rate of 82-83% of patients who are dry or pad-free. Alexander Gomelsky, MD, FACS, argues in favor of using an artificial urinary sphincter in the second part of the debate here.

About the Innovations in Urologic Practice 2020 virtual conference:
Presented by co-chairs Mohit Khera, MD, MBA, MPH, and Michael Coburn, MD, FACS, the Innovations in Urologic Practice conference provides a detailed review and commentary on multiple genitourinary and urologic diseases. Among the featured oncological topics are bladder cancer and immunotherapies, as well as upper tract cancer management, prostate cancer, including state-of-the-art imaging, focal therapy, and MRI. Experts also discuss new tools and techniques for nephrectomy and treating advanced renal cell carcinoma. In terms of general urological approaches, the conference also includes pelvic reconstruction and trauma, men’s health topics like male infertility and sexual dysfunction, and ways to diagnose and treat infections in the urology patient. Dr. Christine presented this talk virtually at the 2020 conference.