Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence (UI), or urgency can occur following prostate cancer treatment.  UI is when urine comes out of the bladder when you don’t want it to. Urgency is a sudden, intense, uncomfortable need to pass urine. Having your prostate removed can cause leakage.  Radiation therapy can cause urgency. Most men regain bladder control within a few months, but a small percentage will have continued long-term leakage or urgency. Bladder problems can be an embarrassing topic to talk about but there are treatments available.

We hold a 1.5-hour group information session each month, held by a Registered Physiotherapist with special training in male pelvic floor. Patients who are experiencing urgency or incontinence 12-weeks following surgery can take advantage of 3 complimentary one-on-one clinical appointments with our pelvic floor physiotherapist.

During these appointments, patients will learn how to contract the pelvic floor to help improve urinary control, as well as other techniques to manage urgency. Three appointments are provided at no charge through the PCSC Program*. Our physiotherapist uses biofeedback to help teach patients how to use the right muscles for urinary control.

Both the information sessions and the clinic appointments are held at the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC (across from Vancouver General Hospital).

*$50 will be charged for missed appointments or late cancellations.

As a module of the Vancouver Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program, we offer information sessions for patients (pre- or post-treatment) to understand what can be done to reduce the effects of surgery and radiation therapy on urinary function. These sessions are held monthly by a registered physiotherapist focusing on pelvic floor function for urinary control. 

After you attend the information session, our physiotherapist also offers one-on-one clinical appointments for those patients with incontinence 12-weeks after surgery.

CONTACT

pcsc@vch.ca   |    604-875-4485