[Functional electric stimulation in urinary incontinence].

Minerva urologica e nefrologica = The Italian journal of urology and nephrology

PubMedID: 8815557

Portigliotti GP, Zumaglini U, Brustia G, Carlevaris C, Genesi D. [Functional electric stimulation in urinary incontinence]. Minerva Urol Nefrol. 1996;48(2):121-5.
The authors aim to demonstrate the efficacy of FES (functional electro-stimulation) in the treatment of urinary incontinence. The study, which is still in progress, was started 5 years ago and includes 44 patients with urinary incontinence caused by stress, emergency, mixed incontinence and reflux. Three devices with different but equally effective characteristics were used and compared, even if the results obtained were more rapid using one particular method. The efficacy of FES was confirmed by the results obtained and by the regression of incontinence using electric stimulation alone. Less satisfactory results were obtained in those pathologies which could only be treated surgically. Perineal floor rehabilitation, both before and after surgery, and above all in cases in which there are no indications for surgery, must include the use of valid and efficient electrostimulation equipment in order to achieve urinary continence.