An incontinence clamp offers an alternative for men after prostate cancer treatment or other health problems causes them to have urinary incontinence. It is often preferred to the collection bag or to wearing adult diapers.
Most penis clamps consist of a V-shaped casing composed of plastic, latex or another polymer. A foam cushion lines the firm casing for comfort and to assure that there is no injury to the penis.
The penis should be measured before the clamps are ordered. They are available in a variety of sizes to accommodate different diameters. 2-3 inch sizes are the most common. The clamps can be ordered through your urologist’s office or via the internet after the appropriate size has been determined.
Urologists recommend that the clamps should be released and the bladder emptied at least every two hours. If your bladder feels full or you have an urge to urinate sooner, you should not delay going to the restroom. Waiting too long could lead to urinary tract or bladder infections.
The devices work by applying pressure to the outside of the urethra. This prevents urine leakage. Developed by an urologist named Cunningham, the penile clamp is sometimes referred to as penile clamps.
The clamps are relatively inexpensive. They usually cost less than a large 72 pack of adult diapers and they last longer.
If improperly fit, the device can cause skin problems or damage to the soft tissues of the penis. Swelling can also occur. It is important to have the fit checked regularly. You should discontinue use if you notice irritation or swelling.
Some small amount of redness may be present due to the pressure placed on the skin, but there should be no pain or discomfort. If discomfort is felt, you should discontinue use until you consult your urologist.
If the penile clamp is fitted too tightly or left in place for an excessive period of time, obstruction of the urethra can occur. Internal swelling is another issue that may make urination painful. Once again, any discomfort should be reported to your doctor.
If you suffer from incontinence not caused by prostate cancer or other health problem and have not consulted your doctor, it is worthwhile for you to do so. Urine leakage is a symptom, not a disease unto itself. Finding the cause is the first step finding the appropriate treatment.
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