If you suffer from an overactive bladder, then you know just how troublesome and just how embarrassing the condition can be. Fortunately for individuals who suffer from overactive bladder syndrome and the accompanying urinary incontinence, experts at Southampton’s teaching hospitals in Southamptom, UK have developed a revolutionary device that may offer some patients some relief without the use of medications, needles, or surgery.
Overactive bladder syndrome is a medical condition for which the muscles of the bladder contract suddenly, often when the bladder is not full, which can cause sufferers to urinate unexpectedly and suddenly as well as to feel a frequent or urgent need to urinate.
According to Ash Monga, a consultant urogynecologist at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southamptom, UK, approximately three to six million individuals in the United Kingdom alone suffer from overactive bladder and urinary incontinence.
Until recently, the only treatment options for overactive bladder syndrome were pelvic floor exercises, behavioral therapy, drugs, and surgical intervention. However, these treatments are either largely unsuccessful or come with additional risks.
However, a new non-surgical device may offer sufferers of overactive bladder more relief than ever before. Monga excitedly announced:
“Now, for the first time, patients have a non-surgical, drug-free, discreet and effective option which allows them to get their lives back without having to face an operating theatre or make regular trips for hospital treatment.”
A new device called the VERV system allows individuals with overactive bladder syndrome to overcome embarrassing bladder problems with the click of a button. The VERV system consists of a small patch placed on the lower back and a remote control. Patients using the device simply use the remote to send high frequency signals from the patch through the skin to stimulate the nerves at the base of the spine, thus controlling bladder contractions.
The patch is waterproof, so individuals using the device can continue bathing, swimming, and exercising as usual.
Each patch lasts for seven days before needing to be replaced. However, once patients are shown how to apply to patch using a placement tool, they can apply a new patch on their own each week, meaning that each individual patient is in charge of his or her own care and well-being.
In a a four-week long clinical trial involving 64 overactive bladder patients, 63% had an improvement of at least a 50% reduction in incontinence, and 66% reported better quality of life.
The VERV system has been in development for eight years and is currently being launched in a pilot program to ensure quality and performance.
Experts remain hopeful that the VERV system will bring relief to millions or more sufferers of overactive bladder syndrome. As Monga comments:
“This device could improve the quality of life for millions of people while also removing the disappointment that comes with unsuccessful treatments and the fear associated with invasive procedures – it is a breakthrough moment.”
Would you try the VERV system as a way to manage overactive bladder and urinary incontinence symptoms?