I am incontinent after prostate surgery. How long should I wait to consider ProACT?
Most urologists suggest doing pelvic floor exercises for at least 6-12 months. If after this period there is no improvement, you may want to consult a urologist regarding your treatment options.
What is the difference between a male sling and ProACT?
A male sling is either a triangular-shaped, bone-anchored sling or a longer strip of woven polypropylene mesh that is used to compress or reposition the urethra. Mesh devices require an invasive surgery for placement and may require extensive surgery to remove.
The ProACT device consists of two small balloons made of silicone, not polypropylene mesh, which are attached by tubing to a filling port placed under the skin of the scrotum. ProACT can be easily adjusted to better fit the patient’s individual needs in the doctor's office and does not require additional surgery.
What is the difference between an artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) and ProACT?
The artificial urinary sphincter is a device consisting of three main components: the cuff to constrict the urethra, the pressure regulating balloon, and the pump with tubing connecting these components. The implant procedure for an AUS is more complex and invasive than the insertion of ProACT. The AUS cannot be adjusted post-operatively to the needs of the individual patient and removal of this device requires an extensive surgery. In addition, patients with an AUS must manipulate a pump located in the scrotum every time they need to void.
ProACT can be easily adjusted to the needs of the individual patient. The physician injects fluid into the port of the balloon in a brief office adjustment. With ProACT, the patient urinates naturally. No patient manipulation is required.
How many men have been implanted with Proact?
This therapy has been commercially available since 2002 outside the USA. To date, over 8,000 men have been implanted with ProACT.
What should i expect after proact implantation?
After your ProACT surgery, your doctor will adjust your device in brief office visits to better suit your individual needs. These adjustments are intended to improve your continence. You may see an improvement right away, although it could take six months or longer to reach maximum effectiveness.
What if Proact DOESN'T work for me?
If you see no improvement with ProACT, it can be removed at any time. The balloons are deflated and removed in an office setting with no invasive surgery required. After it is removed, you can be re-implanted with ProACT or pursue other therapy options.