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Medtronic reports positive trial data for faecal incontinence therapy

Posted Apr 01 2010 6:14am

Medtronic has published data from a clinical study which demonstrates the efficacy of its new treatment for faecal incontinence .

The company’s InterStim Therapy was tested among 120 sufferers of the condition who had previously failed to respond to other treatment options, with the Medtronic implant helping to achieve a reduction in incontinence episodes .

This device functions by applying mild electrical stimulation to the sacral nerves controlling the bladder, sphincter and pelvic floor muscles, with the aim of delivering perfect continence.

Medtronic senior vice-president and neuromodulation president Tom Tefft stated that the studies show the product’s efficacy in meeting a pressing clinical need.

He said: “InterStim Therapy has a significant impact on quality of life when few other treatment options exist.”

Earlier this month, the company was granted a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration’s circulatory system devices panel for a new pacemaker optimised for safe use with MRI scanners.


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