Cunningham Clamp Safety

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Cunningham Clamp Safety
If you are having problems with incontinence, your doctor may recommend a Cunningham Clamp. (doctor with sphygmomanometer image by Pavel Losevsky from

People who have had prostate cancer or other prostate problems know that there can be a disturbing dribble after urination. Young children at times are subject to incontinence. The Cunningham Clamp can help reduce these symptoms.

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What is the Cunningham Clamp?

That embarrassing incontinence after prostate cancer or other prostate surgery can make your life very unpleasant. A Cunningham clamp is a "V" shaped device covered with foam made to fit over the penis. It can be tightened and applies external pressure to the urethra, preventing leakage.

How it Works

The Cunningham Clamp works by applying external pressure to the urethra to prevent the flow of urine. This means the clamp must apply pressure all around the penis to be sure that there is no leakage. While you are controlling leakage with this device you are also constricting veins and arteries, which can cause permanent damage.

Safety Considerations

To be sure you are using the clamp safely, you must follow some simple procedures. Release the clamp every two to four hours to let urine escape from the bladder; retained urine can cause infections. Never place the clamp near open sores. Don't use your clamp with implanted penile prostheses or with indwelling catheters. Most importantly, contact your doctor immediately if you have swelling or pain.

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