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Urethral Compression Device Treats Male Urinary Incontinence

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 31 Oct 2018
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Image: A novel device compresses the male urethra to minimize urine leakage (Photo courtesy of Pacey MedTech).
Image: A novel device compresses the male urethra to minimize urine leakage (Photo courtesy of Pacey MedTech).
A novel penile cuff eliminates the urinary leakage, discomfort, and impaired blood flow associated with traditional penile clamps.

The Pacey MedTech (Vancouver, Canada) Cuff is a urethral control device (UCD) designed to compress the urethra, minimizing leakage. Functional components include a distributed-pressure fenestrated hood for placement on the dorsal side of the penis, with two arms separated by a notch that distribute pressure so that the venous and arterial blood flows are not compromised; an elongated urethral compression pad to distribute pressure along the ventral side of the penis, so that the urethra is compressed; and a Velcro strap that joins the two sides of the device scale to provide a comfortable custom fit.

The unique design compliments the male anatomy, since the major vein and artery lie on the dorsal topside, and the urethra lies on the ventral underside. By applying pressure to the length of the urethra, while protecting penile blood circulation, the UCD eliminates the risk of ischemic pain that follows indiscriminate clamping. The Pacey Cuff was made to be light, soft, and comfortable, ensuring patients can discretely wear it all day, continue to live a normal life, engage in regular activities, and reduce their dependency on absorption pads by up to 100%.

“We have created a new value, and we are going to have a great impact on the care of patients in a wide number of areas of injury, including for post-spinal injury patients, for post-prostatectomy patients, and for many others,” said Jack Pacey, MD, founder of Pacey MedTech, and inventor of the Pacey Cuff. “Our goal is to get you back to the regular life you love. We designed the Pacey Cuff to be small, lightweight, and discreet. This means you can wear it all day, whether it’s at work, for exercise, while driving, and even for swimming.”

Urinary incontinence can result from functional abnormalities of the bladder or urethra, particularly in men with prostate disease. Whilst not a life-threatening condition, it can have an enormous impact on quality of life, including severe embarrassment, restriction in daily activities and social life, as well as limiting the ability to work and travel. Urinary incontinence in men most commonly occurs as a result of treatment for prostate cancer. Treatment options include minimally invasive sling surgery, an artificial urinary sphincter, pads, clamps, and urethral bulking agents.

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