Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence

A condition that drastically affects social life

Weak pelvic floor muscles and/or a deficient urethral sphincter can cause leakage of urine due to increases in abdominal pressure, for example through coughing, sneezing or laughing. This condition affects both men and women, whose independence and quality of life is severely impaired.

Urinary incontinence chiefly affects elderly subjects as muscles weaken with age, especially women (95% of patients) as a result of childbirth and menopause. Prostate cancer treatments and obesity can also cause urinary incontinence.

Lack of optimal available treatments

Diapers, slings and existing artificial urinary sphincters (AUS) are not optimal. Neither patients nor surgeons are satisfied and a huge unmet medical need thus exists.