What is Macroplastique?
Macroplastique is an injectable soft-tissue bulking agent that adds volume to the tissue surrounding the urethra. This extra volume around the urethra may increase the sphincter muscle closure pressure so you will no longer leak urine during normal everyday activities.
Macroplastique is made of 2 elements: The water-soluble gel that is absorbed and removed from the body in the urine, and the permanent silicone implant which is compatible with human tissue and not absorbed by the body. It is this permanent material that causes the bulking effect around the urethra.
This non-invasive procedure is suitable for male patients with mild incontinence or when non-surgical treatments or medications were ineffective in treating urinary incontinence.
Macroplastique has been used safely and effectively in over 70,000 patients for more than 15 years8. However, the effectiveness of the therapy with Macroplastique cannot be guaranteed and depends on variety of reasons. Please consult your doctor in detail about suitability and all possible side effects.
The Macroplastique treatment is generally performed as a day procedure and under general anaesthesia. The procedure is usually completed in less than 30 minutes.
The treatment involves using a cystoscope to place Macroplastique into the sphincter muscle tissue surrounding the urethra near the bladder. Macroplastique adds bulk to the surrounding tissue resulting in sphincter closure and improved bladder control.
- Simple and non-invasive procedure: The treatment is performed as a day procedure, which means there is no need for prolonged hospital stays.
- Permanent tissue-bulking implant: The silicone is compatible with the body and non-absorbable.
- Proven results: Many clinical studies have reported Macroplastique to be clinically effective up to 5 years after the procedure in 80% of patients with mild incontinence, with a low rate of side-effects.8
Treatments with surgical implants are covered by most private health insurers. Consultation with a specialist and admission to a private hospital may incur out-of-pocket expenses, but the cost of the implant itself is completely covered by private health insurance.