The Patient Beyond the Sphincter–Cognitive and Functional Considerations Affecting the Natural History of Artificial Urinary Sphincters

A. Lavi, T. B. Boone, M. Cohen, M. Gross

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Abstract

Artificial urinary sphincters (AUS) are common. Life expectancy at average implantation (71.5 years) is 14 years. During this period patients must still possess manual dexterity and cognitive capabilities needed to operate the AUS, otherwise it is practically unfunctional. Still, available data regarding AUS durability deal with medical and mechanical factors. Issues as age-related deteriorating manual dexterity and cognitive capabilities precluding patients from operating an apparently intact AUS have not been addressed. We set to focus on these aspects. We review the natural history of manual dexterity, physical, and cognitive deterioration of aging men and propose counseling and screening algorithms for evaluating these aspects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-18
Number of pages5
JournalUrology
Volume137
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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