American Medical Systems Receives CE Mark of RetroArc™ Retropubic Sling System for Treatment of Female Stress Urinary Incontinence

RetroArc Extends the AMS™ Continence Sling Portfolio to Provide More Options for Women With SUI

Dec 02, 2013, 13:00 ET from American Medical Systems

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Medical Systems® Inc. (AMS), an Endo Health Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: ENDP)  subsidiary and leading provider of devices and therapies for male and female pelvic health, today announced CE Mark of its RetroArc™ Retropubic Sling System for treatment of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI).  Developed in collaboration with leading physicians, this system maintains familiar features of transvaginal retropubic sling systems while incorporating new enhancements and the ability to make fine-tuned adjustments to better meet the needs of physicians. 

With the launch of RetroArc, AMS provides a comprehensive portfolio of female continence products, including Minislings that offer a single-incision approach; Transobturator Slings that facilitate an "outside in" approach; and Retropubic Slings that allow surgeons to take a "top down" or 'bottom up"  transvaginal retropubic approach.

"CE mark approval of the RetroArc Retropubic Sling System rounds out the AMS family of slings," says Steve Blum, AMS general manager of women's health. "It underscores our commitment to physicians and patients for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence, and builds on our leadership in Women's Health."

More than 245 million women worldwide suffer from SUI.1   Slings are the surgical standard of care in treating these women2,3. The RetroArc Retropubic Sling System is designed with time-tested AMS™ mesh with a patented adjustment suture; carefully considered needles; and ergonomic, quick-release handle designed to maximize comfort and control for the physician during the procedure. 

According to Professor Ralf Tunn, Coordinator of the German Pelvic Floor Center, Chief Physician of Urogynecology, Berlin, Germany, "A retropubic sling with a bottom-up approach is a useful option in the treatment path of incontinence. AMS is now rounding out their product portfolio. In addition to the introduction of a new product, it is beneficial to have physician training and AMS will support this in the same way they have in the past."

"At AMS, we are committed to providing world-class medical devices that improve patients' quality of life," said Camille Farhat, AMS President.  "The RetroArc Retropubic Sling System is another example of how AMS innovates to provide world-class medical devices for patients around the world," said Farhat. "We support our products with robust physician training and we encourage physician-patient conversations on the risks and benefits of these therapies."

More information on the RetroArc Retropubic Sling System is available at:

As with all mesh sling surgical procedures, there are risks and potential complications that may occur.   Please consult a physician before considering surgery.

About the RetroArc Retropubic Sling System

The RetroArc Retropubic Sling System is designed to treat women with incontinence due to urethral hypermobility and/or intrinsic sphincter deficiency.  It is contraindicated in patients who are pregnant, have active infection or signs of tissue necrosis, have known sensitivity or allergy to propylene mesh products or in patients with pre-existing conditions that pose unacceptable surgical risk.  Although rare, some of the most severe risks with sling procedures include infection, erosion and vessel or urethra perforation. Some of the most common risks include urinary tract infections, urge symptoms and urinary retention.

About Stress Urinary Incontinence Bladder leakage, also known as urinary incontinence, is the loss of bladder control or involuntary loss of urine. SUI is the most common type of urinary incontinence, which results in the accidental loss of urine when coughing, laughing, sneezing or during heavy lifting, or simply getting up from a chair.4 

About American Medical Systems American Medical Systems (AMS), headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn., is a diversified supplier of medical devices and procedures to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and other pelvic disorders in men and women. AMS continues to develop new therapies to restore bodily functions and to enable people to regain control of their lives. These therapies provide new options for patients, providers and payers, and are often inspired by the urologists, gynecologists and urogynecologists who choose AMS as their solutions partner. AMS is an operating company of Endo Health Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: ENDP), a specialty healthcare company with four distinct business segments focused on branded and generic pharmaceuticals, devices, and services, each providing quality products to customers and improving the lives of patients. Learn more at

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  1. References available upon request.
  2. Lee EW, Nitti VW, Brucker BM, Midurethral slings for all stress incontinence: A urology perspective, Urol Clin N Am 2012, 39:99-310, DOI: 10.1016/j.ucl-2012-05-003.
  3. Khan FN, Hamid A, Wazir BS, Wani MS, Ahmad Z, An evaluation of use of trans-obturator tape (TOT) sling procedure in the  current surgical management of female stress urinary incontinence, Int J of Health Sciences, 2008, 2(2):118-125.
  4. What is Stress Urinary Incontinence. Retrieved from UroGynSurgicalMesh/ucm284109.htm.

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