FAQ – PROACT PHYSICIANS
HOW DOES THE PATIENT EMPTY THE BALLOON IN ORDER TO VOID?
The ProACT system is a passive implant. Unlike with an artificial urinary sphincter (AUS), the patient does not manipulate the device to void. Normal detrusor pressure will be sufficient to void.
HOW LONG WILL THE DEVICE LAST?
The balloons are designed to be implanted long-term. The first patients were implanted in the year 2000 and there is published data on five-year average follow-up with positive long-term results.1,2.
HOW MANY PATIENTS HAVE BEEN IMPLANTED?
More than 8,000 men have been implanted with ProACT to date.
WHERE ARE THE BALLOONS PLACED?
After radical prostatectomy, the balloons are placed at the bladder neck at the level of the anastomosis. In men who are incontinent after TURP, the balloons will be placed at the apex of the prostatic remnant.
CAN Proact BE USED FOR Patients who have undergone irradiation?
Outcomes in irradiated male patients are not as good as those in non-irradiated patients. There have been more complications in this patient group as with all implantable prosthetics for SUI.
For any additional questions:
1. Roupret M, Vincent M, Pierre-Nicolas G, Stephane B, Florence C, Emmanuel CK Management of Stress Urinary Incontinence Following Prostate Surgery With Minimally Invasive Adjustable Continence balloon Implants:Functional Results from a Single Center prospective study. J.Urol ,2011 July;Vol 186, 198-203 DOI:10.1016/j.juro.2011.03.016.
2.Kjaer,L, Fode,M, Norgaard N, Sonksen J and Nordling J Adjustable continence balloons: Clinical results of a new minimally invasive treatment for male urinary incontinence.Scandinavian J of Urology and Nephrology , 2012;1-5 (DOI:10.3109/00365599.2012.660986)