Autologous Muscle Cell Injections Prove Promising Treatment for Stress Incontinence

Most often when a younger person is suffering from urinary incontinence, it is stress incontinence, which happens when pressure is exerted on the bladder causing it to leak. This type of pressure can occur with a laugh, sneeze or cough, and it can also occur when straining while exercising or lifting a heavy object. This type of incontinence occurs because either the bladder or pelvic floor muscles are weakened.

There are several successful treatments for stress incontinence, and one of the newer treatments is the autologous muscle cell injection. This procedure uses a person’s own cells, which are harvested from their own muscles, for the procedure. The cells are usually taken from the thigh muscle, and then they are injected into the urethral sphincter at strategic locations. The procedure is very safe, and there is virtually no risk of the cells being rejected, because they already belong to the person. The only negative side effect seen so far is that there can be some soreness where the injections take place.

In a study presented at the American Urological Association’s 104th Annual Scientific Meeting, twenty nine women were given the injections. Just over two thirds of the women saw an improvement in their stress incontinence condition about three months after the cells were injected. Studies with wider samplings are ongoing with positive results so far. The autologous muscle cell injections are performed as an outpatient procedure, and there is no downtime after the injections are completed.

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