Purpose of Technology

Pelvic floor electrical stimulation (PFES) refers to the use of nonimplanted electrodes, usually in the vagina or anus, to deliver variable rates of electrical current to the pelvic floor musculature. The mechanisms of action vary depending on the type of urinary incontinence. The goal of PFES is to improve the function of the pelvic floor musculature (PFM) in patients with stress urinary incontinence (SUI), while for patients with urge urinary incontinence (UUI), the goal is to inhibit detrusor overactivity.

Relevant Questions

  • Is PFES using nonimplanted electrodes effective for the treatment of SUI and UUI in women and for post-radical retropubic prostatectomy SUI in men compared with other treatments?

  • Is there a standard treatment protocol for PFES?

  • Is PFES safe?

  • Have patient selection criteria been established for PFES?


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