International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 99–106 | Cite as

InTone: a novel pelvic floor rehabilitation device for urinary incontinence

  • Michael L. Guralnick
  • Holly Kelly
  • Heather Engelke
  • Sumana Koduri
  • R. Corey O’Connor
Original Article

Abstract

Introduction

InToneTM (InControl Medical) is a nonimplanted vaginal device providing biofeedback and electrical stimulation of pelvic floor muscles. The purpose of this study was to assess its efficacy and usability for treating urinary incontinence (UI).

Methods

Women with UI (stress, urge, mixed) were recruited for this pilot trial. InTone was used 5–6 days a week for 12 weeks. Patients were assessed at baseline and monthly with symptom questionnaires [Urinary Distress Index (UDI6), Incontinence Impact Questionnaire (IIQ7)], bladder diaries. and 24-h pad-weight testing (PWT). Efficacy was assessed by comparing 12-week results to baseline values using chi-square and Wilcoxon rank-sum tests. Usability was assessed with a device-usage log and the System Usability Scale (SUS), which evaluates patients’ global impression of usability.

Results

Thirty-three women were enrolled; five patients withdrew and were excluded. Median age was 50 years (range 35–69). After 12 weeks of InTone therapy, median UDI6 and IIQ7 scores improved from 50.0 to 29.2 (p < 0.001) and from 42.9 to 14.3 (p < 0.001), respectively. Statistically significant reductions in median PWT (35.5–4.6 g, p < 0.001), median daily pad use (4.0–2.0, p < 0.001), and median daily incontinence frequency (4.3–1.0, p < 0.001) were noted; 68 % of patients achieved a > 50 % reduction in daily pad usage and PWT. Device usability was good, with a median SUS of 86.3 and a median expected use of 107 % (33–140 %).

Conclusions

Twelve weeks of InTone usage resulted in significant objective and subjective reductions in UI. Device usability was very good.

Keywords

Biofeedback Electrical stimulation Pelvic floor muscles Urinary incontinence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael L. Guralnick
    • 1
  • Holly Kelly
    • 1
  • Heather Engelke
    • 1
  • Sumana Koduri
    • 1
  • R. Corey O’Connor
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Urology and Obstetrics & GynecologyMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA

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