Overactive Bladder or Urge Urinary Incontinence in Men

Overactive Bladder (OAB) or Urge Urinary Incontinence (UUI) is an inconvenient medical condition that hinder quality of life and can be a cause of embarrassment.Urge Urinary Incontinence is a medical condition that affects many men and most men don’t seek advice due to the embarrassment or due to ineffective solutions. Surgery is a solution but the efficacy has been questioned, as well the risk associated with surgery makes this not a viable option for most people. There are also management solutions like adult incontinence pads, but are inconvenient and can be costly over a lifetime. Daily pelvic floor muscle (Kegel) exercises can improve the condition but most men find the 3 x daily exercise regime hard to maintain. A viable non-invasive solution that produced satisfactory results was not available until now. Emsella is the first of its kind breakthrough technology.

Emsella is intended to provide entirely non-invasive electromagnetic stimulation of pelvic floor musculature for the purpose of rehabilitation of weak pelvic muscles and restoration of neuromuscular control for the treatment of urge urinary incontinence in men. The non-invasion electromagnetic stimulates 11,200 pelvic floor muscle movement in 28 minutes while sitting fully clothed on the chair. This device has been FDA approved and TGA cleared with 95% improvement in urinary incontinence outcomes.

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Emsella Benefits

  • Emsella FDA approved and TGA cleared
  • 95% improvement after 2 treatments per week for 3 weeks
  • Strengths and increases muscle density in the pelvic floor
  • 11,200 supramaximal contracts in 28 minutes
  • Treatment while fully clothed
  • Non-invasive
  • No downtime
  • No discomfort

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What is Urge Urinary Incontinence?

Urge Urinary Incontinence (UUI) or overactive bladder is associated with an intense desire to release the contents of the bladder, leading to contraction to the bladder. This is normally related to a neuromuscular disfunction where the brain tells the bladder to empty even when the bladder isn’t full. Urge urinary incontinence affects 30% of men.

Effects from Urge Urinary Incontinence

Pelvic floor muscles (PFM) are the group of muscles that support the pelvic floor organs and control continence. Due to the body’s normal ageing process leading to a drop in testosterone, neurological conditions like strokes or enlarged prostate glands can cause the pelvic floor muscles to deteriorate and insufficiently support the pelvic floor organs. These conditions have a direct correlation to incontinence.

Urge Urinary Incontinence is not a diseases, is not hereditary and is not harmful to health but can have a serious negative effect on quality of life. Urge Urinary Incontinence can be a cause of embarrassment which then can lead to mental health issues like anxiety problems. The constant worry about knowing where a bathroom can be accessed, can take away the simple enjoyment of activities with friends and family.

Urge Urinary Incontinence interrupts a good night’s sleep because the urge to urinate forces you to wake up 2-3 times a night.

Current Treatment Options

Absorbent Pads: these may not control all the leakage and the costs over a lifetime is high.

Pelvic Floor Muscle exercises (Kegel exercises): Pelvic Floor Muscle support the bladder and other organs. Contracting the muscle make them stronger and help to reduce the symptoms. For this to be effective you will need to perform these exercises 3 x a day, every day.

Surgery: A sling made from a person own tissue or synthetic mesh is attached around the urethra to prevent downward movement during activities. Recently there has been doubts on the efficacy of this solution and there are the normal risks associated with surgery and the downtime for recovery is extensive. In July 2017 a class action case has been launched on behalf of 8,000 people against Johnson & Johnson for complications related to the mesh sling surgery. Click here for the link

Emsella- The Non-Invasive Solution That Improves Quality of Life

Emsella is a FDA approved and TGA cleared breakthrough technology that offers 95% improvement in urinary incontinence.

The mechanism of action achieves the results by delivering High-intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) field that passes non-invasively through the pelvic floor muscle area.

This interacts with the pelvic floor muscle’s motoneurons and triggers supramaximal contractions in the pelvic floor muscle.

The treatment is for 28 minutes and delivers 11,200 supramaximal contracts. In simple terms, this is like doing 3 hours of constant Kegel exercises with 1 movement every second. In real life, this is an impossible task.

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Supramaximal Contractions

Most importantly, the most tension the pelvic floor muscle can physiologically exert is called maximal voluntary contraction. Anything greater than this is called supramaximal contractions and is not controlled by the brain. The HIFEM targets the motoneurons in the pelvic floor muscle by creating thousands of contractions beyond the tension that Kegel exercises can maintain. This process re-educates the pelvic floor muscles and over the course of the recommended treatment, strengths and tightens the pelvic floor muscle.

Supramaximal contractions

Muscle Fiber Hypertrophy

The process of muscle fiber hypertrophy is responsible for the pelvic floor muscles increase in strength and restoration of density. The intense supramaximal contractions initiate muscle hypertrophy in the same process as when a person lifts weight to stimulate muscle density. This is due to any strenuous activity triggers cellular response to thicken the muscle fibres to adapt for future requirements. Muscle stimulation is very important to prevent the negative effects of ageing.

Emsella utilises HIFEM to create the combination of sustained supramaximal contractions for 28 minutes to re-educate the pelvic floor muscles and stimulate muscle hypertrophy to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

Improving Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Studies have reported that doing Kegel exercises help strengthen the bulbospongiosus muscle which is part of the perineum muscle. This important muscle does three jobs: It allows the penis to engorge with blood during erection, it pumps during ejaculation, and it helps empty the urethra after urination.

Kegel exercises assists 40% of men to regain erectile functions. Kegel exercises also help 35.5% improve erectile functions.

Emsella’s HIFEM stimulates muscle fiber hypertrophy in the bulbospongiosus muscle thereby strengthening and tightening the pelvic floor muscles. This leads to better control of the the blood flow into the penis and to maintain an erection. Emsella is a better alternative than even daily Kegel exercises due to the sustained 11,000 supramaximal contractions delivered directly to the bulbospongiosus muscle.

Side Effects

There are no reported side effects from electromagnetic technology and it has been used since the 1970’s in the form of MRI scans. Electromagnetic devices are very safe when used correctly.

Any one with medical implants like pacemakers are not to use Emsella. All metal jewellery must be taken off before an Emsella treatment.

Treatment Protocol

There is no treatment preparation. You sit on the Emsella chair fully clothed and you can read a magazine for 28 minutes.

You require 2 sessions a week, for 3 weeks.

Costs

The course costs $2,990 for the 6 x 30 minute sessions.

Free Consultation for Urinary Incontinence

The best way to understand more about Emsella is from a qualified clinician. At Eden Smoother Skin, we offer a complimentary consultation where we can give you personalised information and you can briefly trial the Emsella to experience the sensation of the HIFEM.

What’s the next step?

If you already have an appointment booked at Eden Smoother Skin, you can easily add a further treatment consultation to your booking by calling our friendly team on 02 9231 5999. If you have never been to Eden Smoother Skin Clinic, you can either give us a call on 02 9231 5999 or click on one of the buttons below to make an enquiry or book a free consultation online.