Radiofrequency in the Treatment of Urinary Incontinence After Radical Prostatectomy


Centro de Atenção ao Assoalho Pélvico




Post Prostatectomy
Urinary Incontinence


Device: Radiofrequency

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


Post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence (IUPP) is a difficult to treat complication that causes a profound negative impact on the individual's quality of life, as well as seriously disrupts the physician-patient relationship and is a substantial public health problem . Urinary incontinence (UI) can occur both in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and in the treatment of prostate cancer. In the treatment of benign disease, this complication is associated with a very low prevalence, initially of 9% and about 1% in 12 months postoperatively. In radical prostatectomy, the prevalence is higher, varying from 2% to 87%, depending on the populations and sites studied, the definitions used, the different methodologies employed in the evaluation of incontinence, and also the different degrees of intensity of the disease . Several authors have evaluated the incidence of incontinence after robotic radical prostatectomy, open and laparoscopically. With these techniques, the reported total UI incidence varies from 4% to 40% . With the high prevalence of IUPP, accelerating the recovery of urinary control is an important priority for patients and their caregivers, and the search for effective and low-risk treatments is a constant. Thus, the possibility of treatment with the radiofrequency (RF) feature arises.

Full description

A current treatment proposal is the use of radiofrequency, which is a diathermic process generated by the radiation of an electromagnetic spectrum, resulting in an immediate retraction of existing collagen and subsequent activation of fibroblasts causing a neocollagenesis. In studies using radiofrequency to treat SUI, a therapeutic response to 50% was shown. Representing a more cost-effective treatment than surgery.


62 estimated patients




18 to 65 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

will be individuals from 18 to 65 years of age with clinical complaints of urinary incontinence after prostatectomy and who agree to voluntarily participate in the research.

Exclusion criteria

Will be excluded from the study the patients with time less than 45 days postoperative, difficulty understanding the proposed instruments, patients with neurological degenerative chronic diseases, patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators and carriers of iatrogenic metals in the pelvic region.

Trial design

62 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

Radiofrequency on and Kinesiotherapy
Active Comparator group
The radiofrequency application protocol with CAPENERGY device, which has two electrodes: an active one, which will be introduced into the anal region, using a condom and gel to The emission of radiofrequency and another electrode, dispersive, coupled to the patient's hip, which will function as earth. The temperature used in the treatment will be 41 ° C, which this parameter will be placed in the equipment, maintained for 2 minutes. Five RF sessions will be performed, with a seven-day interval between them. For the application, participants will be placed in lateral decubitus position. The session will be quick, with an average duration of 20 minutes.Kinesiotherapy will be done once a week, totaling five sessions. Initially, verbal information about location, function, and the correct way to contract the pelvic floor (PA) will be given.
Device: Radiofrequency
Radiofrequency off and Kinesiotherapy
Placebo Comparator group
The patient will be in lateral decubitus, the anal probe of the radiofrequency apparatus will be introduced, with the gel previously heated. The radio frequency will be off. Kinesiotherapy will be done once a week, totaling five sessions. Initially, verbal information about location, function, and the correct way to contract the pelvic floor (PA) will be given. In addition, at this point will be advised on the performance of "The Knack", which is a pre-contraction of the PA during the performance of some abdominal effort such as coughing, sneezing or laughing.
Device: Radiofrequency

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Patricia Lordelo, post doc

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