Incontinence

Pelvic floor exercise videos - This is a informative video on pelvic floor exercises entitled "Pelvic Floor Exercises Pelvic Floor Workshop - with Stuart Baptist": http://tinyurl.com/yb8c92lx That web page provides links to a number of other videos relating to pelvic floor exercise.

Continence and prostate - a guide for men undergoing prostate surgery
(2007). Publisher: Continence Foundation of Australia. The booklet states ‘Most men regain their bladder control over time and are fully recovered within 6 to 12 months. However, it is important to get professional advice to help cope with bladder weakness during this time. This booklet will provide you with helpful ways to improve and manage your incontinence following prostate surgery.’ The free booklet can be ordered from here.

Free resources for bladder and pelvic floor muscles - a range of free leaflets and booklets available from Continence Foundation of Australia. See order page here - some pamphlets can be downloaded in PDF format.

Pelvic floor exercises for men
(2009).  Pauline Chiarelli. Publisher: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. DVD Available from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia - see this page.

Urinary incontinence issues (2012). David Young - Physiotherapist. Address to Sydney Adventist Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group on 27 February 2012. Provided to us by the PCFA. Our review: This DVD will be of particular interest to people who are anticipating undertaking a radical prostatectomy or who are experiencing urinary incontinence problems after treatment. David's presentation covers a number of areas: results of research demonstrating the beneficial effects of undertaking pelvic floor exercises prior to and subsequent to surgery; relative effectiveness of different means of instructing patients; use of ultrasound to ensure that the exercises are being undertaken correctly; importance of frequency and strength of the exercises; and types of normal exercising that are desirable and undesirable. While his approach is not prescriptive, and the DVD is not a "how to ...", the matters discussed are stimulating and will provide food for thought.

Chronic Radiation-induced Rectal Bleeding (2010). Professor Pierre Chapuis. Address to Sydney Adventist Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group on 25 October 2010. Provided to us by the PCFA. Our review: This DVD will be of particular interest to men who suffer or are likely to suffer from rectal bleeding or bleeding from their bowels a possible side effect of external radiation beam therapy to treat prostate cancer. The DVD presents an in-depth and a comprehensive presentation on rectal bleeding. Among the many interesting pieces of information are the facts that not every prostate cancer patient who has radiation therapy suffers from rectal bleeding and even those who get rectal bleeding find that the problem is minor, becoming resolved by itself over time. It is only in minority of the cases that the problem requires treatment. The good news is that besides rapid improvements in the radiation therapy, several medical and surgical procedures are available to treat effectively debilitating and socially inconvenient rectal bleeding. There is a wealth of knowledge to gain from viewing this DVD.

Bowel Management (2011). Jenny Rex - Clinical Nurse Consultant and Stomal Therapy Nurse at the Anorectal Diagnostic Facility and NSW Biofeedback and Continence Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. Address to Sydney Adventist Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group on 14 February 2011. Provided to us by the PCFA. Our review: The prostate gland and rectum (the last part of the bowel) are located very closely. Hence, external radiation beam therapy for prostate cancer can cause side effects of bleeding from bowels, loose motions or, in rare cases, faecal incontinence. Some medications after prostatectomy can cause constipation. This DVD is therefore of particular interest to men who have been diagnosed as having prostate cancer. One may even suggest that even those men and women who have normal bowel function will find the DVD highly educational. The DVD covers topics such as normal bowel movement; constipation and its causes and remedies; bleeding from bowels; and faecal incontinence. Jenny emphasises that the key to achieving and maintaining normal bowel function are four Fs: (1) Fiber, (2) Fluids, (3) Fitness and (4) Feet. Yes, feet!? The DVD is worth taking a close look.
Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation (2011) - Urologist Dr Phillip Katelaris and Physiotherapist Ms Taryn Katz, of the Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Centre. Address to Sydney Adventist Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group on 27 June 2011, entitled "Prostate cancer Rehabilitation Centre & AUA Update". Provided to us by the PCFA. Our review: After prostate cancer treatment the patient may suffer from its side effects. Three common side effects are (a) urinary incontinence, (b) impotence and (c) anxiety and depression. These side effects have the potential to ruin the quality of life of not only the patient but also of his partner. In this DVD, Dr Katelaris and Ms Katz explain in detail each of these side effects and alternative remedies. For devising a remedial program for a patient, they recommend a multi-disciplinary team approach by specialists in urology, physiotherapy and psychotherapy/sex therapy. They also suggest that some of the remedial steps need to be planned or commenced before treatment. Towards the end of the DVD, Dr Katelaris outlines the latest thinking of world's leading experts on treatment of prostate cancer, gleaned from his participation in recent conferences of American Urological Association (AUA). The presentation is of excellent quality, sprinkled with good humour and at times some frank imagery, the latter being suitable for adults only. Men considering treatment for prostate cancer and those who have side effects from treatment, will find the DVD highly informative and rewarding. Essential viewing.