Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is leakage of urine that occurs with any increase in intra-abdominal pressure. Coughing, laughing, sneezing and exercise are common causes of stress-related leakage. We are developing a new, novel, non-invasive device for pelvic floor reinforcement to treat mild Stress Urinary Incontinence. This will be a Class I device, with No electrical stimulation. There will be no need of active cooperation by the patient and the treatment sessions will be at home.
Currently in the mild stress urinary incontinence level, the only therapeutic option is pelvic floor reinforcing physiotherapy, which requires dedication of the patient. In addition, there are a few new devices in the market, which use electro-magnetic and electric stimulation to reinforce the pelvic floor muscles. In severe cases, surgery remains the most popular option for managing SUI. Although the current surgical solutions represent large success rates, they are not indicated for patients suffering from mild SUI or in women who are in child-bearing age.
Urinary Incontinence (UI) is one of the most common disorders in people, especially women. About 30% of women all over the world are affected. However, more than 60% of cases are estimated to be undiagnosed or patients fail to seek help. UI affects women primarily and is related to childbirth, aging and surgery of the urogenital and reproductive tracts. Stress UI is the most common type of UI overall, affecting about 35 million women in the USA alone. In addition to being one of the most common health conditions, UI is also one of the most common reasons for nursing home admissions. There is a need for a simple and affordable, non-surgical treatment for mild urinary stress incontinence.
The application of the device will not necessitate a surgical procedure. Once the use of the device will be explained by the caregiver to the patient, it will be applied by the patient at home. Differing from pelvic floor strengthening physiotherapy procedures necessitating continuous active participation of the patient the treatment the device we are developing is passive. In addition, unlike the electrostimulating or pulsed electromagnetic treatments that create a tingling effect or even some level of pain, our device will be painless. Our device will suit any adult woman of any age.
Stage of Development
Early scientific proof-of concept and Conceptual Designing.
A Provisional Patent Application has been filed at the US Patent Office to protect the invention.
Use of Funds
The funds obtained will be used for advancing to more developed designs, engineering and optimization of the design, mechanical testing of the early prototypes, quality management and initiating the regulatory process as well as for overhead costs and IP protection.
R&D Engineer @Innoventions Ltd. responsible for conceptual designing, prototyping and lab trials of the Pelvic Floor Reinforcement Device project.