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“The Bladder Control System gave my life back to me”Amanda Boxtel
“My bladder does not dominate my life anymore”.
Jo Wright
“I can’t remember when I last had a UTI” Lesley
"The number of infections that I have had since implanting this device can be counted on the fingers of one hand" Martin


Implant for urge incontinence treatment

Urgent-SQ - Treatment for urge incontinenceTibial Nerve Stimulator - The Project

An implantable tibial nerve stimulator was developed and successfully trialled in a partnership project between Finetech Medical and CystoMedix, Inc. - now acquired by Uroplasty.

Finetech Medical's Outcomes

The core outcomes for Finetech Medical were:

  • development and testing of a new, single-channel implant suitable for stimulating the tibial nerve and implantation near the ankle.
  • ability to provide an alternative method to needle-based percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) as part of regular treatment programs for urolgy management programs.
  • introduction into the incontinence market.
  • developed an understanding of urge incontinence, stress incontinence, urinary urgency, urinary frequency, non-obstructive retention and pelvic pain treatment options.

Dissemination (Papers, Reports, Presentations)

Dissemination from the project was quite limited due to patent applications.  A selection of dissemination is presented below:

  • Michael Rogier van Balken, Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation in lower urinary tract disorders
    ISBN 90 8659 065 9 Read article here
  • Floor van der Pal, MD* Michael R. van Balken, MD † John P. F. A. Heesakkers, MD, PhD* Frans M. J. Debruyne, MD, Prof* Bart L. H. Bemelmans, MD, Prof ‡, Implant-Driven Tibial Nerve Stimulation in the Treatment of Refractory Overactive Bladder Syndrome: 12-Month Follow-up
    *Department of Urology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen;   † Department of Urology, Rijnstate Hospital, Arnhem;   ‡ Department of Urology, Free University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • M.Cooperberg, M.Stolle, Percutaneous neuromodulation
    Urologic Clinics of North America, Volume 32, Issue 1, Pages 71-78


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