Aims: To evaluate our outcomes of the adjustable continence balloons ProACT™ for the treatment of male stress urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy. Methods: Between May 2007-August 2016 the ProACT™ was implanted in 143 patients without a history of radiotherapy. Endpoints were patient-reported changes in pad counts and complications. Treatment was considered successful if no pad or just one “security” pad per day sufficed, and improved if daily pad use was reduced by ≥50%. Results: Incontinence before implantation was mild in 36 (25%), moderate in 57 (40%), and severe in 50 (35%) patients. Complications within 30 days were classified by the Clavien-Dindo classification; eight (5.6%) grade I, three (2.1%) grade II, three (2.1%) grade IIIb, and 129 (90.2%) patients had no complication. Revision was done in 43 (30%) patients. The IPSS quality of life item improved significantly from 5.0 (IQR 4.0-5.0) preoperative to 2.0 (IQR 1.0-4.0) and 1.0 (IQR 0.0-3.0) 6 and 12 months after implantation, respectively. After a median follow up of 56 months (range 28 to 79, n = 112), 72 (64%) patients were improved, including 51 (45%) patients were successful. Daily pad use decreased from 3.0 to 1.0 (67% reduction). The median outcome on the Patient Global Impression of Improvement scale was “much better,” and 97 (87%) patients perceived improvement. Conclusions: The minimally invasive ProACT™ device showed a clear beneficial continence outcome in patients with stress urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy. The majority of the patients were satisfied and perceived improvement ≥50% on daily pad use on the long term.

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Keywords minimally invasive surgical procedures, personal satisfaction, postoperative complications, prostatectomy, stress urinary incontinence
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Journal Neurourology and Urodynamics
Noordhoff, T.C. (Toscane C.), Scheepe, J.R, & Blok, B.F.M. (2018). Outcome and complications of adjustable continence therapy (ProACT™) after radical prostatectomy: 10 years’ experience in 143 patients. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 37(4), 1419–1425. doi:10.1002/nau.23463