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Perineal rehabilitation with EMY Kegel trainer might improve the quality of life.
An improvement of the urinary symptoms was also observed in this study.
The playfulness, practicality, and efficiency of the probe were positively rated by the patients.
Introduction: The aim of this study was to evaluate changes in the quality of life with the connected biofeedback EMY Kegel trainer in patients suffering from stress urinary incontinence.
Materiel and methods: This was a prospective, single-center, non-comparative study, which took place between September 2019 and October 2020, in the University Hospitals of Strasbourg. Eligible patients were instructed to use the EMY probe for a minimum of 10 minutes per day for five days per week. To assess quality of life and urinary symptoms, the Contilife and ICIQ-SF scores were completed each month until the final visit (M3). The PGI-I was also completed at 3 months to assess the benefit of the EMY Kegel Trainer.
Results: A total of 55 patients were included. At the inclusion visit (M0), the mean Contilife and ICIQ-SF scores were respectively at 6.6 ± 1.5 and 10.5 ± 3.0 points. At the final visit (M3), the mean Contilife score increased to 9.2 ± 1.0, indicating an improvement in quality of life. The mean ICIQ-SF score decreased to 4.2 ± 4.0, indicating an improvement in urinary symptoms. The PGI-I questionnaire identified a positive assessement of the EMY Kegel trainer. On the 55 patients included, 35 (64%) reported completing at least 36 sessions during the study, i.e. an average of 3 sessions per week.
Conclusions: This study suggests that perineal rehabilitation by biofeedback using the EMY Kegel trainer might be beneficial.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Stress urinary incontinence, Perineal rehabilitation, Biofeedback