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Advantages of Non Invasive Bladder Leak Treatments Over Probe-Based Treatments



Bladder leaks, a common yet often unspoken issue, can significantly impact daily life. With many different treatment options available, it's crucial to understand the differences between invasive and non-invasive methods. 


What Does Non Invasive Mean? 

Non-invasive treatments refer to methods that do not require entering the body through incisions, punctures, or internal device placements. These often include external devices like INNOVO, which use technologies such as electrical muscle stimulation to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles externally, thereby reducing incontinence.


What is Invasive Treatment

invasive treatments involve probe based options and medical interventions that penetrate the body's barriers. 


This includes surgical procedures like sling surgeries, urethral bulking injections, or implantation of artificial sphincters. These procedures directly modify or support the bladder and urethral structures to control leakage. While invasive methods can be effective, they carry higher risks such as infection, longer recovery times, and potential complications.


INNOVO, a non-invasive, clinically proven approach, stands out for its safety and efficacy. This article delves into the world of bladder leak treatments, comparing INNOVO's non-invasive technique with traditional invasive methods, highlighting why many are turning to INNOVO for a more comfortable and risk-free solution.

Invasive Treatment Options for Bladder Leaks: A Closer Look

Invasive treatments for bladder leaks typically include surgical procedures like sling surgeries, bladder neck suspension, and artificial sphincter implantation. These methods aim to provide structural support to the bladder and urethra, addressing urinary incontinence at its root. However, they come with risks such as infection, surgical complications, and the need for recovery time. Understanding these invasive options is crucial for individuals seeking a comprehensive overview of available treatments for bladder leakage.


INNOVO is clinically proven to be safer (in relation to Urogynaecological infections) than other electrical muscle stimulation therapies that claim to treat urinary incontinence.

Medical Studies on Invasive Probes For Bladder Leakage Treatment

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’s Non-Invasive Treatment

  • 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.

Comparing Risks: Why Non-Invasive Beats Invasive

Comparing invasive and non-invasive treatments for bladder leaks reveals a stark contrast in terms of risks and patient experience. Invasive methods, while effective, pose significant risks including surgical complications, longer recovery periods, and potential for infections. In contrast, non-invasive treatments like INNOVO offer a safer alternative, minimizing the risk of adverse effects while providing effective relief from urinary incontinence. This comparison underscores the importance of considering safety and comfort in choosing the right treatment.

The INNOVO Edge: Efficacy Meets Comfort

INNOVO's non-invasive approach not only reduces the risk of infections and complications associated with invasive treatments but also offers a comfortable and convenient solution. Its innovative design allows for effective pelvic floor stimulation without the discomfort of probe-based devices. This ease of use, coupled with its proven efficacy, makes INNOVO a preferred choice for those seeking a practical and non-intrusive solution to bladder leaks, aligning with the growing trend towards gentler, patient-friendly medical interventions.

Stimulation of the pelvic floor muscles using a probe-based device3:




  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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