for males ages 50-90 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Thomas Chi, M.D.
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Thomas Chi



The main goal of this study is to see if group pelvic floor training before surgery can help prevent urinary incontinence after Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) surgery. The study has the potential to inform preoperative intervention strategies for managing incontinence after HoLEP.

Official Title

The Effect of Group Preoperative Pelvic Floor Training on Transient Urinary Incontinence After Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate: A Prospective Cohort Study


Preoperative pelvic floor training (PFT) may improve early urinary incontinence after prostate surgery. Group-based training potentially provides additional benefits such as cost-benefit, social support, and motivation. However, the efficacy of group preoperative PFT has not been reported. This study aims to determine the effect of group preoperative PFT on transient urinary incontinence after HoLEP in a prospective cohort of patients and to identify any potential predictors of transient urinary incontinence after HoLEP.

In this study, the investigators will recruit approximately 50 patients in each cohort (total 100) and will be followed over time to collect data on both the exposure (group PFT) and the outcome (incidence of urinary incontinence 1 month and 3 months after HoLEP). Potential confounding variables, such as patient demographics, preoperative imaging, and operative data, will be collected and analyzed. The results of this study have the potential to inform the development of effective preoperative interventions for the management of transient urinary incontinence after HoLEP.


BPH, Urinary Incontinence, benign prostatic hyperplasia, pelvic floor training, group therapy, holmium laser enucleation of the prostate, Enuresis, Group preoperative pelvic floor training


You can join if…

Open to males ages 50-90

  • Consecutive patients with a diagnosis of BPH with a plan to undergo HoLEP.
  • Between the age of 50-90.
  • Ability to understand and provide informed consent.

You CAN'T join if...


  • UCSF
    San Francisco California 94143 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Thomas Chi, M.D.
    Professor, Urology, School of Medicine. Authored (or co-authored) 138 research publications. Research interests: Nephrolithiasis · Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) · Ultrasound · Minimally Invasive Surgery · Laparoscopy


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University of California, San Francisco
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