Medtronic Launches Percutaneous Tibial Neuromodulation Delivered by the NURO System for the Treatment of Overactive Bladder (OAB)
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
DUBLIN - March 30, 2016 - Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) today announced the launch of its NURO(TM) System that delivers percutaneous tibial neuromodulation (PTNM) for the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB) with symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency, and urge incontinence. PTNM, a minimally invasive, periodic, office-based procedure, provides a measurable reduction in urinary frequency and/or urinary incontinence episodes following treatment without the side effects of medication.1,2
The number of OAB patients is staggering and increasing - more than 37 million Americans, or nearly 1 in 6 suffer - it is more common than diabetes or asthma.3,4,5,6 While not life threatening, OAB significantly impacts quality of life, and can negatively affect social activities, exercise and cause disruptive nighttime voiding.7,8 Many sufferers are frustrated and embarrassed and limit their lives socially, professionally, and personally.9 However, only 33 percent of those suffering seek treatment and as many as 7 in 10 stop using medications within 6 months due to intolerable side effects or unsatisfying results.10,11
"Many people with OAB are unsatisfied with current treatments and a significant number are not seeking treatment altogether," said Dr. Harriette Scarpero, of Associated Urologists of Nashville, Tennessee. "With the NURO System, I can offer patients another option to restore bladder function and improve quality of life without the side effects of medication. This minimally invasive therapy targets the brain-bladder miscommunication and can help improve quality of life in a meaningful way."