NeoControl® Is Changing How Physicians Treat Incontinence
The female urological system is quite complex, and there are a number of conditions that may result in the symptom of urinary incontinence. However, the vast majority of bladder control problems are caused by a weakening of the muscles that normally maintain good bladder function - the pelvic floor muscles. For the first time, a non-invasive therapy has been proven effective in rebuilding the strength and endurance of the pelvic floor muscles.
NeoControl offers hope to those patients whose incontinence is caused by weakened muscles, as it can help them regain urinary control without surgery, invasive probes, medication or electrical stimulation.
NeoControl Compared to Other Non-Surgical Therapies
Of all of the therapies available for rebuilding strength and endurance in the pelvic floor muscles, only NeoControl is non-invasive, painless and requires no patient participation. If a patient can reach the physician's office and sit in the NeoControl Treatment Chair, they can receive the potential benefits.
Kegel exercises and Kegels enhanced with biofeedback are commonly used to treat incontinence. However, both techniques require patients to actively work at isolating their pelvic floor muscles and subsequently master contracting them. Patients must do the exercises religiously and correctly to gain clinical benefit. NeoControl, on the other hand, requires no patient participation. It does all of the work for the patient and exercises the muscles more completely then the patient could do on their own.
Electrical stimulation (or E-stim) is another technique used to induce contraction of pelvic floor muscles. This therapy requires the insertion of an intravaginal or intrarectal electrode through which a series of electric impulses (or shocks) is delivered to contract the muscles. NeoControl Therapy, however, does not require devices or probes to be inserted, and no electricity flows from the NeoControl system into the patient. Rather, a therapeutic magnetic field is delivered to the patient's pelvic floor to initiate muscle contractions.
NeoControl Compared to Surgery
For some patients, surgery may be the only option that will address their incontinence problem. After a complete evaluation of a patient's condition, the attending physician will suggest the best treatment options for the patient's specific situation. NeoControl may be recommended for patients who have increased surgical risks, conditions that eliminate surgery as an option, or for whom conservative therapy is expected to provide good results. The non-invasive nature and high efficacy of NeoControl therapy offers patients and physicians an alternative not available before the development of ExMI technology.
NeoControl Compared to Drugs
In recent years, a number of drugs have become available to treat specific forms of incontinence, such as overactive bladder. However, NeoControl is effective in treating several types of incontinence (stress, urge and mixed) and does not include the risk of unpleasant side effects, which frequently accompany drugs. In addition, patients typically have to continue to take a drug in order to maintain improvement in their condition, whereas NeoControl treatments require a commitment of just two months.