NICE has been notified about this procedure and it is part of its work programme. The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) will consider this procedure and NICE will issue an interventional procedures consultation document about its safety and efficacy for 4 weeks’ public consultation. IPAC will then review the consultation document in the light of comments received and produce a final interventional procedures document, which will be considered by NICE before guidance is issued to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
 
Status In progress
Process IP
ID number 1542
Description Transvaginal laser therapy for stress urinary incontinence is done as an outpatient procedure and can be done without anaesthetic. A speculum-like laser device is introduced in the vagina, and laser energy is applied to the vaginal wall. The laser heats the collagen in the vaginal walls, which is claimed to make the tissue contract and stimulate the production of new collagen. Treatment typically consists of 3 sessions 4 to 6 weeks apart. The aim is to improve the support to the bladder and reduce the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence.

Provisional Schedule

Expected publication 26 May 2021

Timeline

Key events during the development of the guidance:

Date Update
15 January 2021 - 12 February 2021 Interventional procedure consultation

For further information on how we develop guidance, please see our page about NICE interventional procedures guidance