The use of pelvic floor muscle training has been well established for the management of post-prostatectomy incontinence. In recent years, it has been hypothesized that because the severity and period of incontinence are not predictable pre-operatively, it makes sense to teach all men the new motor skill of correct pelvic floor muscle activation before surgery. This review is based on literature found through computerized and manual searches on available databases. Included were any studies that looked at the effect of adding pelvic floor muscle training pre-operatively and comparing them to the effect of not having pre-operative pelvic floor muscle exercises. Pre-operative pelvic floor muscle training was found to be effective in reducing the time to continence as well as the severity of incontinence in only four studies. Adding biofeedback or electrical stimulation was not found to change the outcomes.
NAHON, I., Martin, M., & Adams, R. (2014). Pre-Operative Pelvic Floor Muscle Training - A Review in Urologic Nursing. Urologic Nursing Journal, 34(5), 230-237. https://doi.org/10.7257/1053.816X.2014.34.5.230