Over 25 million people in the US experience Urinary Incontinence, this is a common problem with a lot of less than desirable treatment options. InWave is a medical device that treats stress, urge, or mixed incontinence with separate treatment timers for each type of incontinence. It is a multiple-mode stimulator that needs to be used frequently, it’s recommended that patients use it twice a day, every day for a month.
According to the manufacturer, the separate treatment plans for each type of incontinence are as follows:
Stress Urinary Incontinence Treatment:
● Frequency of 50 Hz
○ Which produces smooth, even muscle contractions.
● This type of stimulation exercises and strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, which aids in the control of stress incontinence.
● Stimulation can be set to a 3 or 5-second duration, with a resting period of 5 or 10 seconds between contractions.
● The default treatment time is 15 minutes.
Urge Urinary Incontinence Treatment:
● Frequency of 12.5 Hz
○ Which produces a series of short, rapid contractions.
● This type of stimulation aids in the relaxation of involuntary muscle contractions which cause urge incontinence.
● Stimulation can be set to a 6 or 10-second duration, with a resting period of 3 or 10 seconds. The automatic treatment time is 20 minutes.
Mixed Urinary Incontinence Treatment:
● Mixed treatment modes consist of a 2, 5, or 10-minute stress treatment followed by a 2, 5, or 10-minute urge treatment.
The InWave requires no special skills, training, or knowledge. It is handheld, portable, and easy to use. Simply follow the instructions given in the user’s manual and by your healthcare provider. However, the United States’ Federal Law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a licensed health care practitioner.
The InWave triggers muscle contractions which strengthen and exercise the pelvic floor muscles. It needs to be prescribed by a physician, and it is primarily used to treat stress incontinence. InWave can help IC patients with stress incontinence, and mothers who suffer from partial nerve damage which worsens as they age. It can also help patients with pelvic floor damage because when Kegels aren’t possible or effective, the InWave manually exercises the muscle. The machine is typically covered by insurance, but if it’s not it’s only $250 and payment options are available.
If you would like more information or if InWave sounds like a treatment option that you might be interested in, give our office a call at (530) 345-0064, extension 281. Our receptionists can help you set up a consult with Dr. Davis to see if InWave is right for you.