Inflatable artificial sphincter - Risks
Artificial sphincter (AUS) - urinary
This procedure is generally safe. Ask your doctor about these possible complications.
Risks for any surgery are:
- Infection at the site of the incision
- Opening of the incision
- Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungs
- Breathing problems
- Other infection
Risks for this surgery may include:
- Damage to the urethra, bladder, or vagina
- Difficulty emptying your bladder, which may require a catheter
- Urine leakage that may get worse
- Failure, infection, or wearing away of the device that requires surgery to remove it
- Reviewed last on: 6/17/2010
- David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., and Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.
Staskin DR, Comiter CV. Surgical treatment of male sphincteric urinary incontinence: the male perineal sling and artificial urinary sphincter. Wein AJ, Kavoussi LR, Novick AC, Partin AW, Peters CA, eds. Campbell-Walsh Urology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 74.
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