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Benefits and risks
When NICE looked at the evidence, it decided that there was not enough evidence to know how well extraurethral (non-circumferential) retropubic adjustable compression devices work. The 7 studies that NICE looked at involved about 600 women.
Generally, the studies showed the following benefits:
The studies showed that the risks included:
erosion of the port through the skin
no improvement in symptoms or problems with the devices (including pain, the balloons moving out of place or not working correctly) that led to them being removed
difficulty, urgency or pain when passing urine
damage to the bladder or urethra during surgery
urinary tract infections.
If you want to know more about the studies, see the guidance. Ask your health professional to explain anything you don't understand.