Focused Ultrasound Therapy
Focused ultrasound is an early-stage, noninvasive, therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of care for patients with stress urinary incontinence. This novel technology focuses beams of ultrasound energy precisely and accurately on targets in the body without damaging surrounding normal tissue.
How it Works
Where the beams converge in the vagina, focused ultrasound produces physiologic and structural changes that will decrease the incidence or stress urinary incontinence.
The primary options for treatment of stress urinary incontinence include medication, absorbent clothing, or platelet-rich fibrin injections.
For certain patients, focused ultrasound could provide a noninvasive – and perhaps more effective – alternative to conventional therapy. Focused ultrasound carries less risk of complications – such as surgical wound healing or infection – at a lower cost. It can reach the desired target without damaging surrounding tissue and is repeatable, if necessary. While significant work has been accomplished, there is still much to be done before this technology will be widely available.
A clinical trial in Krakow, Poland, is conducting a randomized comparison of repeated intravaginal focused ultrasound treatment compared to repeated, sub-urethral injections of autologous centrifuged platelet-rich plasma.
Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement
Focused ultrasound treatment for stress urinary incontinence is not yet approved by regulatory bodies or covered by medical insurance companies.
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