FAQ – ACT Physicians
My patient has had a mesh sling implanted and then removed, is ACT an option for her?
Slings have been successful in treating many women who are suffering from stress urinary incontinence (SUI) but most recently many patients are looking for less invasive therapies. ACT is a good alternative and can be implanted in patients who have previously had the sling procedure. Due to the different design and function of the ACT, it is easily implanted and adjustable. If necessary it can be removed without a complicated surgery. ACT is a balloon, NOT a mesh device.
Where are the balloons placed?
The balloons are placed at the bladder neck and the filling ports are placed in the labia majora.
CAN ACT BE USED FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE UNDERGONE IRRADIATION?
Outcomes in irradiated female patients are not as good as those in non-irradiated patients. There have been more complications in this patient group as with all implantable prosthetics for SUI.
HOW many women have been implanted?
This therapy has been commercially available since 2002 outside the USA. To date, about 4,000 women have been implanted with ACT.