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AdVance sling use decreasing relative to artificial urinary sphincters
Department of Urology, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, California, USA
Dec  2017 (Vol.  24, Issue  6, Pages( 9121 - 9125)
PMID: 29260638


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    To evaluate the percent of AdVance male sling usage relative to artificial urinary sphincters (AUS) over a 9 year period since its introduction in order to assess trends across the United States.


    As a surrogate for procedures performed, we reviewed device utilization trends of the AdVance sling and AUS broken down by American Urological Association (AUA) section. ANOVA testing between years was used to determine purchasing trends with p values of < 0.05 considered statistically significant.


    Relative to AUS, AdVance sling percentage significantly increased from 36% in 2007 to 48% in 2008 (p = 0.032). Sling percentage then remained stable over the next 3 years from 2008-2011 with no significant percent change between years (p = NS). Compared with 2008-2011, AdVance usage decreased in 2012 to 29% (p = 0.002) and remained stable at this decreased relative level through 2015 (p = NS, difference between years 2012-2015). Comparing incontinence procedures across AUA sections, the Southeast section performed the highest percentage of male stress urinary incontinence procedures, including 27% of all AdVance slings and 25% of all artificial sphincters.


    Proportion of AdVance sling usage relative to AUS increased after its introduction through 2008. Usage remained stable at an increased level for the next3 years. More recent years have found decreased AdVance usage and a resurgence of the artificial urinary sphincter. Reasons for these trends remain speculative.