New Blog Helps Healthcare Professionals Understand the Benefits of Urgent PC
Welcome to Overactive Bladder Care, Uroplasty’s new blog about the benefits of PTNS (Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation) therapy with the Urgent PC Neuromodulation System. Urgent PC is a non-drug, non-surgical option for Overactive Bladder (OAB) patients when conservative therapies fail or are not an appropriate choice.
PTNS is included in practice guidelines from leading organizations such as the American Urological Association (AUA); Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU); the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and United Kingdom's National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Since many healthcare professionals still have questions about Urgent PC and maximizing its impact within clinical practice, we are launching this blog to provide answers. The Overactive Bladder Care blog is a tool to provide your practice with useful information about the benefits of Urgent PC as you look to expand care for your OAB patients.
In the coming months we will provide information and resources on the following topics, among others:
- An in-depth look into Urgent PC and other third-line therapies recommended in the AUA/SUFU Diagnosis and Treatment Guideline
- Urgent PC therapy as a nurse-led program
- Setting up an Urgent PC program
- Urgent PC reimbursement
Patients Need More Options
Living with OAB is awful and affects people in a myriad of ways. Constant bathroom visits disrupt work and recreational activities. A fear of accidents may result in people avoiding leaving the house and socializing with their friends. OAB has been linked to depression and sexual dysfunction. While there are many OAB drug therapies available, we know that over 80% of patients will discontinue within the first year due to side-effects. And, now there’s compelling evidence that long-term use of anticholinergics increases the risk of incident dementia and Alzheimer Disease.
Urgent PC provides an alternative to drugs when drugs fail or when there is concern with the short-term side-effects or long-term risks.
How Urgent PC Works
The Urgent PC Neuromodulation System sends mild electrical impulses up the tibial nerve to the sacral nerves, which are responsible for pelvic floor function and voiding. Stimulating these nerves quiets the overactive bladder, reducing inappropriate bladder contractions and the number of signals sent to the brain, resulting in less urgency, frequency, and urge incontinence. Urgent PC works to gradually improve bladder symptoms through a series of 12, weekly, 30-minute treatments.
Urgent PC Produces Results
Up to 80% of patients respond to Urgent PC treatment. Even better, the treatment is equally effective in men and women, regardless of age. And Urgent PC was statistically superior to sham therapy in a multicenter, double-blind, randomized, controlled trial measuring frequency, urinary urge incontinence episodes, nighttime voids, urgency episodes, and voids with moderate to severe urgency.
Urgent PC Provides Reduced Risk
Most patients don’t experience side-effects. When they occur, they are usually temporary, and include mild pain or skin inflammation at or near the stimulation site. There are no serious side-effects and few contraindications.
Expanding OAB care for your patients is a challenge worth pursuing. The goal of our blog is to provide you information about how Urgent PC can help you achieve that goal.
Urgent PC is indicated for the treatment of Overactive Bladder and associated symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urge incontinence. Treatment with Urgent PC is contraindicated for patients with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators, patients prone to excessive bleeding, patients with nerve damage that could impact either percutaneous tibial nerve or pelvic floor function or patients who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the duration of the treatment. Most patients don't experience side-effects. If side-effects occur, they are typically temporary and include mild pain and skin inflammation at or near the stimulation site. Caution: Federal law (USA) restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician. For complete instructions for use, storage, warnings, indications, contraindications, precautions, adverse reactions and disclaimer of warranties, please refer to the insert accompanying each product or online at www.cogentixmedical.com. Urgent PC is a registered trademark of Cogentix Medical © 2015 Cogentix Medical. All rights reserved.