Gastric banding surgery has been found to improve some continence problems in obese women, but has no effect on the condition in men and damages their ability to achieve an erection.
Scientists at the University of Newcastle investigated the effects of weight loss and time on urinary and sexual function following laparoscopic gastric banding surgery. They found it improved overall urinary continence, quality of life and stress continence problems in women, but worsened urge incontinence.
In men, there was no improvement in continence or overall sexual function after surgery. However, erectile index and orgasmic function worsened over time.
The Association for Continence Advice Annual Conference & Exhibition 2011 is taking place at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate on 9-10 May 2011.