Can the Controller be used on a plane?

Yes, but, as with all other electronic equipment, the Controller must be switched off whenever the fasten seatbelt signs are illuminated. Please find more information in the following document: Use during flight information sheet.


How long does it take to prepare for surgery and have a system implanted?

It depends on you and your schedule. The pre-operative testing takes 2 to 3 days, usually as an outpatient, over a period of several weeks. Typically, you will be discharged in 4 to 5 days after the surgery with a functioning device. Follow-up visits may be required for post-surgical check-ups and adjustments to the external controller.


How many check-ups will be required after surgery?

During the first few weeks after surgery you must keep in close contact with the patient as an outpatient to check that the device is working properly. Typically, the patient will visit 3 months after surgery and annually thereafter.


How soon after the surgery can I start using the Bladder Control System?

You should be able to use the Bladder Control System about 3 to 4 days after the surgery. Your doctor will test and adjust the device approximately 3 days after the surgery. You will be able to start using the implant after the initial tests and adjustments.


Is the implant noticeable to others?

Generally not. The implantable receiver-stimulator is usually located in the abdomen below the ribs under the skin. In slim people a slight lump might be noticeable. The implant is usually not noticeable in people with average to heavy builds.


Is the surgery painful?

You may feel some slight discomfort while your body heals from the surgery. You may have a headache for a few days due to the spinal surgery. Your doctor can prescribe pain medication if it is appropriate.


What are the chances of the body rejecting the implant?

According to our experience the probability of rejection is very minimal (less than 1%). The materials used in the implant have been successfully used for many years.


What are the criteria for receiving the Finetech-Brindley Bladder System?

Candidates for the system are individuals who have a clinically complete spinal cord injury with resulting paraplegia or quadriplegia. The following list includes some of guidelines for the device:

  • Skeletally mature (generally, aged over 18)
  • A complete spinal cord lesion. Those with incomplete lesion may experience pain when they stimulate the implant.
  • Neurologically stable
  • Intact reflex bladder contractions (this will be assessed during video-urodynamic studies of the bladder)
  • 12 months post-injury to ensure stable lesion

What does the device feel like?

You may notice a slight sensation and you may also experience movement of some muscles when you use the Bladder Control System. According to our experience however, most users feel normal, particularly once they get used to the system.


What happens during surgery?

Implantation of the device requires an operation which will take several hours and will be performed under general anaesthetic. Your consultant will discuss this with you in detail.


What happens right after surgery?

You will probably stay in bed for 2 to 3 days after the surgery or until you can sit up without any discomfort. The Bladder Control System will then be tested and programmed by your doctor. You should be able to use the device for a few days before leaving the hospital.


Where and how can I get the product if I am living outside of the UK?

We have many business contacts around the world. Please contact us and we will help you find the right person to contact.

Where can I get more information about the product?

Please contact us and we will provide you with more product information, case studies, academic references, etc.


Why choose the Finetech-Brindley Bladder Control System?

  • The Finetech-Brindley Bladder Control System can increase bladder capacity and improve bladder emptying resulting in a substantial decrease in wetness, odour, and skin irritation.
  • It eliminates the need for urethral catheterisation and reduces urinary tract infections.
  • It improves urinary continence and bowel function.
  • The product rebuilds confidence, increases independence and improves the quality of life to the patient.
  • For more benefits, please contact us.


Will the implant ever need to be replaced?

The implanted components of the Bladder Control System have been designed to last for many years and have proven to be highly reliable for over 20 years.