Why choose a BMI Healthcare hospital
For men suffering from incontinence, an artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) is one of the most effective treatments available, achieving long term dryness in around 90% of patients.1
By choosing to have your AUS fitted at a BMI Healthcare hospital, you’ll benefit from:
- Fast access to a consultant, often within 24 hours
- Dedicated clinical care from a multi-disciplinary team
- Flexible payment plans for self-pay patients
- Easy access to treatment for those with private medical insurance
BMI Healthcare has over 55 locations across England and Scotland, offering patients all over the UK access to fast and affordable private healthcare. Find your nearest hospital here.
How much does an artificial urinary sphincter cost?
The cost of having an artificial urinary sphincter can vary depending on the consultant and the hospital.
A fixed cost will be given following an initial consultation, but our team are often able to give you a quote upon enquiry.
If you’re looking to pay for your own treatment, you may be eligible for our flexible finance plans. Find out more here.
To schedule your consultation you can make an enquiry or call us on 0808 101 0337.
What is an artificial urinary sphincter?
Artificial urinary sphincters are designed to compress the urethra of men suffering from incontinence, controlling the flow of urine.
The AUS is a relatively simple device, comprised of just three parts – a cuff, a pump and a small liquid filled balloon.
It is made entirely from silicone designed to make sure that the patient’s body does not reject the material.
How is it fitted?
The consultant will make a small incision in the perineum, allowing them access to the urethra in order to fit the cuff.
Another incision is made in the groin, where the pump can be inserted into the scrotum and the balloon placed in the abdominal wall.
The surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic.
Recovering from an AUS fitting
The procedure is usually followed by an overnight stay in hospital.
The AUS will remain deactivated for six weeks following the procedure, giving your body time to heal and reduce inflammation. Following this recovery period, you will visit your consultant who will activate the device.
Artificial urinary sphincter side effects and risks
Having an AUS fitted is considered to be a safe and effective procedure. As with any surgery there are potential risks, such as:
- An adverse reaction to the anaesthetic
- Infection of the incision points
- The AUS device could break