Description: Millions of women throughout the United States suffer from urinary and fecal incontinence and from prolapse of their internal pelvic organs. Intra-vaginal pessaries are support devices intended to reduce incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The current available pessaries are designed to be deformed for insertion and removal. However, once inserted, the position of the pessary in the vagina is static and often produces a great deal of pressure on the vaginal walls.
Dr. Rabin’s invention was designed to obviate these problems. The object of a vaginal pessary is to restore the patient’s original anatomy with a minimum of obstruction and pressure on the delicate surrounding tissues. This requires an optimum fit to achieve maximum comfort. The “Gelift” utilizes spring-loaded ratchetable tubing and is fashioned into the shape of a three dimensional, three-ring “pretzel”. It conforms to the space in the pelvic cavity through the patient’s daily life and during various activity levels. The Gelift may be adjusted after placement in the vagina in order to optimally restore normal pelvic organ position (the bladder anteriorly, rectum posteriorly, uterus and vagina medially and the vaginal walls laterally). Due to the dynamic conformability for the Gelift, it offers an optimum fit in an ever-changing three-dimensional space.
Area of Application: Treatment of urinary and fecal incontinence for either peri – or postmenopausal women
Lead Investigator: Jill Rabin, MD
Patent Info: US Patent No. 5,894,842, Issued April 20, 1999
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