What is ACT?
The ACT device consists of two small, adjustable silicone balloons connected with tubing to a port. During a minimally invasive outpatient procedure of approximately 30 minutes, the balloons are surgically placed on either side of the bladder neck. The fluid-filled balloons provide pressure and support which protects against accidental leaking of urine that can occur during a sneeze, cough, or physical activity. When you need to urinate, it will only require a normal amount of bladder effort. The balloon size can be altered through a small port located underneath the skin of the labia majora.
The complete ACT system is implanted within your body and once implanted, no one but you will know it is there. While other devices would require surgery for an adjustment, ACT can be adjusted in a brief office visit to better match your individual needs. Your doctor can inflate, deflate, or remove the device if necessary. There is no need for you to manipulate the device at any time.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT ACT
The potential risks with the ACT implant procedure are similar to those for other surgical treatments for stress urinary incontinence. Your doctor is your best source for information on the risks and benefits of ACT. Talk to your doctor for a complete listing of risks, warnings and important safety information.
If an infection occurs at the implant site, it can be treated with antibiotics. If a more serious side effect occurs (e.g., perforation, migration, erosion), ACT can be completely removed in an office setting.