What is Incontilase?
What is Incontilase?
It is patent-pending non invasive laser therapy for the treatment of urinary incontinence, based on non-ablative photothermal stimulation of collagen neogenesis, shrinking and tightening of vaginal mucosa tissue and collagen -rich endopelvic fascia for better support to the bladder.
When the muscles of the bladder contract or relax involuntarily, sometimes due to constipation and vaginal infection there is temporary problem for urinary incontinence. Whereas, it is chronic when there are medical problems like weakened pelvic floor muscles, overactive bladder muscles, etc. Although this is common in women but in some cases men also suffer from this problem due to an enlarged prostate.
Incontinence can be of different types, such as, functional incontinence, stress incontinence, urge incontinence overactive bladder and mixed incontinence.
The major advantage of Incontilase is that the procedure is incisionless and virtually painless, with no ablation, cutting or bleeding. Recovery is very quick without the use of analgesic and antibiotics.
How does Incontilase work?
Incontilase is an effective, safe and comfortable treatment option to get relief from Stress Urinary System.
This laser based therapy technology thermally affects the vaginal tissue, stimulating collagen remodeling and the synthesis of new collagen fibers in the region of urethral orifice as well as in the area of anterior vaginal walls.
Finally collagen neogenesis results in the shrinking and tightening of vaginal mucosa tissue and collagen-rich endopelvic fascia and thus giving greater support to the bladder and hence returns to the normal state and functioning of the bladder.
A report says that more than 90% of the patients found improvement and almost 70% were free from the incontinence problems within four months after the therapy.
Who is the best candidate?
Women after pregnancy suffering from stress urinary incontinence can opt for Incontilase. Those with mild incontinence can also have this laser therapy for a proper continence. Since there are many types of incontinence, hence it is imperative that doctor should test the type of incontinence the patient is suffering from. A Bladder diary, Urinalysis, Blood test, Pelvic ultrasound, Urodynamic test, etc, are some tests that will confirm the type of incontinence. Accordingly, the surgeon decides for the operation. Usually two sessions are recommended for the alleviation of mild or even moderate stress urinary incontinence. No pre-operation or post-operation precautions are necessary. Patients can easily return to their normal activities soon.
No such bigger side effects or adverse situations are encountered yet. However, swelling and inflammation can occur. On some occasions epithelial burns are possible.
What is the Cost?
A pop smear test and vaginal examination is necessary prior to the procedure. Incontilase laser therapy costs around $800 (AUD) to $1000 (AUD) per laser session and normally a course of two monthly sessions are required followed up by one to two annual maintenance treatments. The cost is also depends upon the extent of the condition and type of the procedure being chosen.