Information for the public
What has NICE said?
There is not much good evidence about how well extraurethral (non-circumferential) retropubic adjustable compression devices for stress urinary incontinence in women work or how safe they are. They should only be used if extra care is taken to explain the risks and extra steps are put in place to record and review what happens.
More research on extraurethral (non-circumferential) retropubic adjustable compression devices for stress urinary incontinence in women is needed and NICE may look at them again if more evidence is published.
Your health professional should fully explain what is involved in having this procedure, and discuss the possible benefits and risks with you. In particular, they should explain the uncertainty about the evidence on how likely it is to improve your symptoms and possible complications. You should also be told how to find more information about the procedure. You should only be asked if you want this procedure after having this discussion. Your health professional should ask you if details of your procedure can be collected.