Injections of bulking agent ‘effective’ as stress incontinence salvage therapy
Posted Sep 06 2011 2:30pm
Issue Codes Incontinence Products for Women
Women with severe stress urinary incontinence who have not benefited from surgery may gain relief from their symptoms in the form of an injectable therapy, research suggests.
Experts at Tenon Hospital in Paris have carried out a study involving injections of a new bulking agent called polyacrylamid hydrogel (PAHG).
Presenting their findings at the annual meeting of the International Continence Society, the researchers revealed that 66 per cent of women who received the injectable therapy benefited from the treatment.
A total of 50 patients took part in the study, all of whom received injections under local anaesthesia.
Of these, 17 patients had a repeat procedure after failing to benefit from the first round of injections.
The researchers found that 17 patients (34 per cent) were cured by the time of their final follow-up, approximately 19 months later.
A further 16 patients (32 per cent) had experienced an improvement in their symptoms.