Advantages of INNOVO Over Probe-Based Treatments
INNOVO is clinically proven to be safer (in relation to Urogynaecological infections) than other electrical muscle stimulation therapies that claim to treat urinary incontinence.
A randomised controlled trial1 (n=52) on the efficacy of probe-based pelvic floor electrical stimulation in the treatment of SUI carried out at the Evanston Continence Center in Illinois, noted 21 adverse events. These ranged from vaginal irritation, pain, and vaginal and urinary tract infections and were experienced both by users of active and inactive/sham probes. This study saw a very high dropout rate of 15%.
A second single-arm study2 on the use of a probe-based device to treat pelvic floor muscle weakness, by Dr Scott Eder of the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, New Jersey, reported 31 adverse incidents amongst 83 subjects and a dropout rate of 17%.
These studies highlight the risks associated with using probe-based devices as an intervention in patients with stress urinary incontinence.
Advantages of INNOVO
- Global recruitment of pelvic floor muscles
- Low current density allows for comfortable but effective current levels
- Stimulation can be delivered while in the standing or lying position
- Minimal risk of adverse side effects
- Research conducted to date consistently confirms improvements in key outcomes, symptoms and acceptability
- Comfortable, easy to administer treatment will encourage patient compliance
In summary, INNOVO delivers effective, safe and comfortable global recruitment of the pelvic floor.
Stimulation of the pelvic floor muscles using a probe-based device3:
- Sand P.K., Richardson D.A., Staskin D., Swift S,E Appell R,A,. Whitmore K,E., Ostergard D.R. -Pelvic floor electrical stimulation in the treatment of genuine stress incontinence:A multicenter, placebo-controlled trial. AM J OBSTET GYNECOL 1995;173:72-9
- Eder SE. Evaluation of the EmbaGYN™ pelvic floor muscle stimulator in addition to Kegel exercises for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence: a prospective, open-label, multicenter, single-arm study. Womens Health (Lond Engl). 2014 Jan;10(1):17-27
- A Comparison of Two Methods of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Delivery on Pelvic Floor Muscle Contraction in Healthy Subjects Authors: Ruth M. Maher PT, DPT, WCS, BCIA-PMDB, CEAS, J. Crockett SPT, E. Landers SPT, C. Kozel SPT, D. Naik SPT, J. Vertucci SPT, M. Wilkes SPT