Bionic sphincter controller close to human trial phase
Precision Medical Devices have developed the Flow Control Device.
A Bluetooth-operated bionic sphincter controller.
Potential to help 40 million people with urinary incontinence.
Implanted valve designed to fit around the urethra.
Surgery to implant the device should last no longer than 35 minutes.
Already implanted in dogs - planning human trials next year.
Hoping for approval of the device for human patients by 2020.
Larger valve versions could help patients who have had colostomies.