Vancouver-based Pacey MedTech has created a urethral control device that is a reliable solution to urinary incontinence in men—specifically those who have undergone prostate cancer treatment. Urinary incontinence is one of the greatest challenges for men post-prostatectomy. Traditionally, men with incontinence depend on adult diapers/pads, external catheters, leg bags, medication, and penile clamps. These options may be costly, leak, have odor, and produce extreme discomfort. Artificial sphincter surgery is also an option; however, additional surgery is not always possible or wanted by patients with urinary incontinence.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian men, with one in seven facing a diagnosis during his lifetime. The problem of leakage post–radical prostatectomy is widespread. The Prostate Cancer Foundation reports that about 24% of men experience frequent leakage or no bladder control at 6 months after prostatectomy.
The Pacey Cuff stops urinary leakage and reduces the dependency on absorption pads by up to 100%. They are more comfortable than traditional penile clamps as they maintain consistent and effective blood flow to the penis. The device is designed for compression of the urethra to minimize leakage and also to protect the blood circulation in the topside of the penis, eliminating possible blood supply restriction pain. The cuff was created to be light, soft, and comfortable to ensure men can discretely wear it all day, continue to live a normal life, and engage in regular activities.
The device was created by BC vascular and general surgeon Dr Jack Pacey. More information is available at www.paceycuff.com.
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