First Report

U.S. Patient and Clinician Experiences With the inFlow™ Urinary Prosthesis for Permanent Urinary Retention in Women

Leanne Schimke, MSN, FNP-C, CRNP, CUNP; Kevin M. Connolly


Urol Nurs. 2020;40(2):61-73. 

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The inFlow Urinary Prosthesis offers another option for women with PUR. Both the post-market survey results and limited clinical experience suggest that for at least a subset of motivated women, a trial of the inFlow might bring them a measure of freedom, enhanced dignity, and fewer UTIs. Urology providers and nurses need to be aware of the inFlow device as another treatment option for women with PUR. Evaluation of the woman's physical and emotional readiness is essential, along with teaching how to use the device and having the woman perform the emptying of her bladder in the office with each exchange. Currently, the company is working with Medicare to obtain coverage for the device, at which time it would then become more readily available for use in the United States. As mentioned previously, it has been used internationally for 19 years, so you may have a patient from another country come to your practice or hospital with the device.