Radiofrequency in the Treatment of Urinary Incontinence After Radical Prostatectomy

  • End date
    Dec 5, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Centro de Atenção ao Assoalho Pélvico
Updated on 21 March 2022
benign prostatic hyperplasia


Post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence (IUPP) is a difficult to treat complication that causes a profound negative impact on the individual's quality of life, as well as seriously disrupts the physician-patient relationship and is a substantial public health problem . Urinary incontinence (UI) can occur both in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and in the treatment of prostate cancer.

In the treatment of benign disease, this complication is associated with a very low prevalence, initially of 9% and about 1% in 12 months postoperatively. In radical prostatectomy, the prevalence is higher, varying from 2% to 87%, depending on the populations and sites studied, the definitions used, the different methodologies employed in the evaluation of incontinence, and also the different degrees of intensity of the disease . Several authors have evaluated the incidence of incontinence after robotic radical prostatectomy, open and laparoscopically. With these techniques, the reported total UI incidence varies from 4% to 40% .

With the high prevalence of IUPP, accelerating the recovery of urinary control is an important priority for patients and their caregivers, and the search for effective and low-risk treatments is a constant. Thus, the possibility of treatment with the radiofrequency (RF) feature arises.


A current treatment proposal is the use of radiofrequency, which is a diathermic process generated by the radiation of an electromagnetic spectrum, resulting in an immediate retraction of existing collagen and subsequent activation of fibroblasts causing a neocollagenesis. In studies using radiofrequency to treat SUI, a therapeutic response to 50% was shown. Representing a more cost-effective treatment than surgery.

Condition Urinary Incontinence, Post Prostatectomy
Treatment Radiofrequency
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03048799
SponsorCentro de Atenção ao Assoalho Pélvico
Last Modified on21 March 2022


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will be individuals from 18 to 65 years of age with clinical complaints of urinary incontinence after prostatectomy and who agree to voluntarily participate in the research

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Will be excluded from the study the patients with time less than 45 days postoperative, difficulty understanding the proposed instruments, patients with neurological degenerative chronic diseases, patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators and carriers of iatrogenic metals in the pelvic region
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