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CARVALHO, Magali Rezende de; SILVA, Francine Amaral Machado Nascimento da  and  SILVEIRA, Isabelle Andrade. Alternative therapies for early recovery of post-prostatectomy urinary continence: systematic review. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2018, vol.17, n.50, pp.542-584.  Epub Apr 01, 2018. ISSN 1695-6141.


To conduct a systematic review of the evidence of the effectiveness of Pelvic Floor Muscle Training (PFMT) in the treatment of post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence.


Systematic review conducted in Ovid MEDLINE, EMBASE and LILACS in Portuguese, English and Spanish, with the time limit: 2005-2015.


9 studies analyzed the effectiveness of PFMT associated or not with biofeedback (BFB) and electrical stimulation (ES).


PFMT with or without the biofeedback and electrical stimulation may contribute to the early recovery of continence. Patients with initial difficulty of identifying the pelvic floor muscles can benefit from ES followed BFB sessions of structured PFMT. A greater participation of nurses in the care related to the early return of continence in post-prostatectomy patients is possible through the implementation of pelvic floor muscle exercises and behavioral therapy.

Keywords : Urinary Incontinence; Post-Prostatectomy; Pelvic Floor Muscle exercises; Nursing care.

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