Predictors of early continence following robot-assisted radical prostatectomy


  • Hugo Lavigueur-Blouin
  • Alina Camacho Noriega
  • Roger Valdivieso
  • Pierre-Alain Hueber
  • Marc Bienz
  • Naif Alhathal
  • Mathieu Latour
  • Assaad El-Hakim
  • Kevin Christopher Zorn University of Montreal Hospital Center (CHUM)



robot, radical prostatectomy, continence, cancer, prostate, canada, outcomes,


Introduction: Functional outcomes after robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) greatly influence patient quality of life. Data regarding predictors of early continence, especially 1 month following RARP, are limited. Previous reports mainly address immediate or 3-month postoperative continence rates. We examine preoperative predictors of pad-free continence recovery at the first follow-up visit 1 month after RARP.

Methods: Between January 2007 and January 2013, preoperative and follow-up data were prospectively collected for 327 RARP patients operated on by 2 fellowship-trained surgeons (AEH and KCZ). Patient and operative characteristics included age, body mass index (BMI), staging, preoperative prostate-specific antigen (PSA), prostate weight, International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM) score and type of nervesparing performed. Continence was defined by 0-pad usage at 1 month follow-up. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression models were used to assess for predictors of early continence.

Results: Overall, 44% of patients were pad-free 1 month post- RARP. In multivariate regression analysis, age (odds ratio [OR] 0.946, confidence interval [CI] 95%: 0.91, 0.98) and IPSS (OR: 0.953, CI 95%: 0.92, 0.99) were independent predictors of urinary continence 1 month following RARP. Other variables (BMI, staging, preoperative PSA, SHIM score, prostate weight and type of nerve-sparing) were not statistically significant predictors of early continence. Limitations of this study include missing data for comorbidities, patient use of pelvic floor exercises and patient maximal activity. Moreover, patient-reported continence using a 0-pad usage definition represents a semiquantitative and subjective measurement.

Conclusion: In a broad population of patients who underwent RARP at our institution, 44% of patients were pad-free at 1 month. Age and IPSS were independent predictors of early continence after surgery. Men of advanced age and those with significant lower urinary tract symptoms prior to RARP should be counselled on the increased risk of urinary incontinence in the early stages.


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Lavigueur-Blouin, H., Noriega, A. C., Valdivieso, R., Hueber, P.-A., Bienz, M., Alhathal, N., Latour, M., El-Hakim, A., & Zorn, K. C. (2015). Predictors of early continence following robot-assisted radical prostatectomy. Canadian Urological Association Journal, 9(1-2), e93–7.



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