Evaluation of a Video Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Model Prior To Radical Prostatectomy

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Abstract

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in men. Typically, men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer requiring treatment are offered two potentially curative treatment options: radical prostatectomy (RP) or radiation therapy. Commencing pelvic floor muscle (PFM) exercises pre-operatively can improve post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence (PPI), but men may experience difficulty in correctly performing these exercises, with difficulty isolating and correctly contracting the PFM. Research supports the need for individual PFM exercise instruction and assessment, and investigation of alternative means of providing this information to ensure participants have mastered the technique prior to RP.

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