There are numerous therapeutic options for treating incontinence. Implantation of an artificial genitourinary sphincter is an excellent choice in cases of incontinence due to sphincteric dysfunction. In this article we report the Mayo Clinic data from several large series and compare these data to other recent reviews. In addition, we review current recommendations regarding patient selection and evaluation. There were 458 patients who underwent implantation of an artificial sphincter, including 417 men and 41 women. The overall continence rate was 88.2%, the reoperation rate was 23.1%, and the mechanical reliability was 88%. Satisfaction rates were greater than 90%. We conclude that artificial sphincter implantation is safe, reliable and very effective in treating incontinence due to sphincteric dysfunction in properly selected patients.
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