Urinary incontinence or loss of bladder control affects millions of people worldwide. An artificial urinary sphincter is one treatment option to restore continence. The basic design of the current artificial urinary sphincter was introduced in the 1980’s and has 3 separate components implanted at 3 separate surgical locations. Mechanical failure or complications often lead to revision or replacement. A Mayo Clinic investigator has designed an improved artificial urinary sphincter to minimize the potential for injury and improve surgical recovery times by having fewer components. Additionally, the device was designed to reduce the risk of ischemia which can lead to device failure. A patent application has been filed.
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