Artus - Affluent Medical

Artus, the first artificial sphincter that is adjustable and easy to live with.

Artus is the first high-tech and total solution for stress urinary incontinence in both men and women; once implanted by means of a minimally invasive procedure lasting around 30 minutes, it remains invisible and may be easily operated by patients via remote control.
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Artus is different from the current and only available device in three essential ways. It’s easy to place and there are no risks tied to poor implanting. It’s safe for patients, since it’s easy to adjust the level of constraint, and therefore the urethra’s potential erosion as well as the infections that result, and the device’s placement. Also, it can be personalised, since the patient can choose among several modes according to their activity, and the doctor can adjust how much it tightens according to each patient and how their pathology changes. Finally, it is so much easier to use for patients, thanks to the remote control.’

Professor Nicolas Barry Delongchamps, Urology Professor at Cochin University Hospital in Paris, France

This product is under clinical investigation


Stress urinary incontinence is a disabling condition that results in uncontrolled urinary leakage during effort such as coughing or sport.

Urine is normally retained by a sphincter that may have become inefficient in women with the condition.

Artus is an artificial urinary sphincter that aims to replace the natural sphincter.


After urethral access has been made, the soft silicone cuff is placed around the urinary canal, specifically at bladder neck level, and is then locked.

Once adapted to the urethra, the cuff is connected to the actuator, which is remotely controlled. The actuator commands closure and opening of the cuff by electromechanical action.

The cuff is adjusted in accordance with the severity of the incontinence of each individual woman.

Voiding is achieved simply by pressing the main button on the remote control.

In order to mimic natural physiology, Artus has been designed to allow permanent adaptation to the patient’s lifestyle.

At each patient follow-up, cuff closure can be adjusted in accordance with potential development of the condition and in keeping with the patient’s lifestyle.

Affluent Medical is for the moment developing investigational medical devices not yet commercially available in any region.