Continence

Guillonneau et al. reported an 82.3% continence rate at 12 months including only pad-free patients as continent and using a validated questionnaire as a measurement tool. Using the same definition, Rassweiller et al. and Eden et al. reported a 91% and 90% continence rate at 12 months, respectively. In the Creteil's experience, the reported rates of urinary continence defined as no pad required at one year, improved from 78% to 90% in subsequent reports (50,59).

In an evaluation of short-term functional results at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, at three months after laparoscopic radical prostatectomy 49% of the patients had regained urinary continence and did not require the use of any pads, while 22% had mild SUI (leaked only with heavy physical activity) and wore one pad a day as a precaution.

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