Urinary incontinence following radical retropubic prostatectomy is a serious medical and psychological compli-
cation with a major negative impact on quality of life in patients with localized prostate cancer. The overall incidence
of this complication is higher than 2 % regardless whether the surgery has been done by the retropubic or perineal
approach. The correct diagnosis of incontinence is based on urodynamic investigations. Two main causes of
incontinence are detrusor hyperactivity and sphincteric insufficiency. The best prevention for postoperative incon-
tinence of urine is meticulous surgery. Treatment options of incontinence are pharmacological or surgical (injections
of collagen, autologous fat or implantation of artificial urinary sphincters).
prostate cancer, radical retropubic prostatectomy, urinary incontinence, detrusor hyperactivity,
urethral sphincter insufficiency, urodynamic investigations, anticholinergics, collagen injections.