Inflatable artificial sphincter

Artificial sphincter (AUS) - urinary

Sphincters are muscles that allow your body to hold in urine. An inflatable artificial (man-made) sphincter is a medical device. This device keeps urine from leaking. It is used when your urinary sphincter no longer works well. When you need to urinate, the cuff of the artificial sphincter can be relaxed. This allows urine to flow out.

Other procedures to treat urine leakage and incontinence include:

Inflatable artificial sphincter

An artificial rectal sphincter is used to treat fecal (bowel) incontinence caused by neurological or muscular dysfunction of the anal sphincter.

Anal sphincter anatomy

The muscles in the anal sphincter are used in the process of defecation.

Inflatable artificial sphincter - series - Normal anatomy

Urinary continence is maintained by a muscular sphincter that surrounds the urethra as it exits the bladder.

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