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External urethral clamp or compression device (not to be used for catheter clamp), each

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

External Urethral Clamp
Technical Term: External urethral clamp or compression device (HCPCS Code: A4356)


An external urethral clamp or compression device is used to manage urinary incontinence in men by temporarily closing the urethra. This non-invasive procedure helps prevent urinary leakage without the need for a catheter.


Medical Conditions Addressed:

  • Urinary incontinence in men


  • To prevent urinary leakage
  • To improve quality of life by providing control over bladder function
  • To avoid the use of invasive catheterization


Symptoms and Conditions:

  • Moderate to severe urinary incontinence that cannot be managed through other means

Patient Criteria:

  • Men experiencing urinary incontinence post-prostate surgery, or due to other medical conditions affecting bladder control


Pre-Procedure Instructions:

  • Clean the genital area thoroughly


  • A complete medical history and physical exam
  • Discussion regarding past methods used for incontinence management

Procedure Description

Steps Involved:

  1. Selection of the appropriate size and type of clamp.
  2. Proper positioning of the device around the penis.
  3. Adjustment of the clamp to apply the necessary pressure to compress the urethra without causing discomfort or compromising circulation.

Tools and Equipment:

  • Various sizes and types of urethral clamps

Anesthesia or Sedation:

  • Typically not required


Typical Time:

  • Placement and adjustment take only a few minutes.



  • Usually performed in a clinic or at home, after initial instruction and fitting.


Involved Healthcare Professionals:

  • Urologist or specialized nurse for initial fitting and instruction

Risks and Complications

Common Risks:

  • Skin irritation
  • Pressure sores or discomfort

Rare Complications:

  • Impaired circulation
  • Minor tissue injury


  • Regular monitoring of the skin
  • Immediate adjustment or removal if discomfort occurs


Expected Benefits:

  • Immediate prevention of urinary leakage
  • Improved quality of life and confidence
  • Non-invasive and adjustable

Realization Time:

  • Benefits are usually realized immediately upon proper fitting and use.


Post-Procedure Care:

  • Regular inspection of the skin around the device
  • Maintaining hygiene to prevent infections

Recovery Time:

  • No significant recovery time; can be used immediately after fitting.

Restrictions and Follow-Up:

  • No major restrictions but regular follow-ups to ensure proper usage and address any issues.


Other Options:

  1. Pelvic Floor Exercises: Non-invasive, requires continuous effort
  2. Medications: May have side effects, varying effectiveness
  3. Internal Catheters: More invasive, risk of infections
  4. Surgery: Invasive with longer recovery times but can offer a permanent solution

Pros and Cons:

  • External clamp is non-invasive and easy to use but may require adjustment and regular monitoring. Other methods might offer longer-term solutions but come with higher risks or inconvenience.

Patient Experience

During the Procedure:

  • The initial fitting might cause mild discomfort but is generally painless.

After the Procedure:

  • Patients may feel a noticeable difference in control of urinary function.
  • Possible mild discomfort that can be managed with proper adjustment
  • Regular usage may become routine with little inconvenience.

Pain Management and Comfort Measures:

  • Ensuring proper adjustment to avoid over-compression
  • Using soft padding if needed to enhance comfort

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