American Medical Systems incontinence product study wins award

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A clinical study comparing the Monarc subfascial hammock device to a competitor's product as a treatment for female stress urinary incontinence has been recognised at the annual scientific meeting of the American Urogyenecologic Society.

The paper - entitled A Multi-Centre Randomised Trial Comparing the Monarc Transobturator Tape with Tension-free Vaginal Tape for the Surgical Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence - was named the Prize Clinical Paper at the meeting.

American Medical Systems reports that this trial confirmed that Monarc is efficacious as tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) as a treatment for female stress unitary incontinence, while the trial was the first with an sufficient sample size and length of follow up for a robust evaluation of these methods.

Matthew Barber of Cleveland Clinic, who presented the study, said: "The results of this clinical trial demonstrate that Monarc performs as well as the TVT procedure, which many have considered the gold standard for treating stress urinary incontinence."

He added that the Monarc also exhibited fewer complications than TVT, while expressing his appreciation for the recognition afforded to the paper.

In June 2007, American Medical Systems announced that it would widen the introduction of its MiniArc single incision sling as a treatment for female stress urinary incontinence following "promising" results from its previous limited exposure to patients.

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