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New Non-Invasive Treatment for Incontinence Approved by FDA

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
01/23/19  11:24 AM PST
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“New Non-Invasive Treatment for Incontinence Approved by FDA” – Compiled by Marelize Wilke for Health24.com

A new non-invasive device to treat urinary incontinence has recently been approved by the FDA, according to reports.

This device emits impulses that safely and effectively activate the muscles of the pelvic floor via patented technology. The device is handheld and can be used by the patient in their own home without having to undergo invasive, potentially risky surgery.

As reported previously by Health24, mesh implants aren’t always ideal for those who experience urinary incontinence and often have serious side-effects, such as pain, infection, or even exacerbated incontinence. And complete removal of these implants may also be problematic as tissue grows through and around the mesh.  

A promising device 

Data from the clinical trials have shown that more than 87% of patients who tested the device experienced zero to mild occurrences of incontinence. And improvement was seen in 93% of the patients after only four weeks.

“The burden associated goes far beyond the cost of pads as medical and psychological morbidity in addition to quality of life are profoundly impacted,” Ruth Maher, PT, PhD, DPT, assistant professor of physical therapy at Creighton and director of the Women’s Health Residency Program, said in a recent statement.

“It has a huge impact on the quality of life for women. Women will plan outings around available restrooms, choose not to wear certain clothes for fear of ruining them from leakage and severely curtail their exercise regimens which can have a severe impact on their health across their lifespan. Additionally, this type of incontinence can impede intimacy for up to 65% of women because of leakage during sex,” she says.

Pelvic floor exercises not always enough

This new device is reported to help woman actively control urinary incontinence rather than simply living with it. While pelvic floor exercise is usually the first thing recommended and deemed effective, it’s unfortunately not a realistic step for everyone.

Read the Full Article on Health24.com.

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