Incontinence of urine is one of the most significant health problems amongst American men, especially those older than 70 years old. It bears a great deal of economic, social and psychological consequences on affected individuals and the society. Although there are numerous lines of treatment for incontinence in males, incontinence clamps are now considered the most appropriate by a considerable number of urologists and geriatric health professionals.
An incontinence clamp is a simple device that is applied externally to the penis to exert pressure on the urethra; thus, preventing passage of urine when the circumstances are inappropriate. It is not quite clear when was the first incontinence clamp developed. The Cunningham clamp is one of the earliest incontinence clamps ever used in the management of urinary incontinence in males. The Cunningham Clamp is made of a pair of hinged frames that are made of stainless steel. The frames are connected with a locking device. The internal surface of the frames is padded with foamy rubber. The locking device is adjustable to prevent applying too much pressure to the urethra. The issues with this type of clamp is it’s made of metal and most men complain of it’s comfort. This is why we offer two different type’s that we believe are a much superior product.
There are many causes for incontinence in men. Prostate cancer, stroke and diseases of the lower urinary tract are considered the most common causes of incontinence in men. Recent studies have shown that incontinence clamps are effective in the management of men with mild to moderate urinary incontinence. Nowadays, incontinence clamps are helping thousands of men across America cope with urinary incontinence using a dignified solution.
Today, there is a wide of variety of designs of incontinence clamps on the market. Although one clamp would be comfortable for an individual, others wouldn’t. An ideal incontinent clamp should be flexible to fit variable penis sizes. The internal surface of the clamp should be as soft as possible to permit comfort. The locking device of the clamp should be easily adjustable to allow application of the optimum pressure to the penis.
An incontinence clamp is a very simple device that is quite easy to use. Here is how to use it properly:
- Release the locking device to lay the clamp open
- Place the Penile Clamp midway down the shaft of your penis. Make sure the depressed surface of the foamy rubber is against the undersurface (ventral) surface of your penis.
- When the incontinence clamp is in place, squeeze the locking device to close it. Make sure the clamp isn’t too tight as this can interrupt the blood flow to the penis which can lead to serious consequences.
- Don’t use an incontinence clamp for more than a few consecutive hours. You must release and open it every one to two hours and urinate, whether or not you have the urge to do so. Failure to do so, can lead to damage to the penis or the urethra and infection of the urinary bladder. Patients are never advised to use incontinence clamps all day. Instead, it is always recommended to use the clamp for several hours and then remove it for a few hours.
Unless your Male incontinence Clamp is disposable, it should be washed thoroughly using warm water and odorless soap. After washing, the clamp should be rinsed using cold water, especially the soft foamy surface. Never reuse your clamp unless it has been thoroughly dried. The clamp should be air dried. Don’t use direct heat or sunlight to dry your clamp. Using wet incontinent clamps is a precipitating factor for acquiring urinary tract infection.
While using an incontinence clamp, contact your physician whenever you are experience any of these symptoms:
- Blue areas on the skin of your penis
- Difficult voiding