Prospective Pilot ATOMS vs AUS

  • End date
    Jan 13, 2025
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Université de Sherbrooke
Updated on 4 October 2022
prostate surgery


Post-Prostatectomy Incontinence (PPI) is a common complication affecting 1% to 40% of patients after surgery. When conservative treatments fail, the installation of an artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) has been the treatment of choice for PPI since its introduction more than 50 years ago. Although small studies suggest inferior success rate of male slings compare to the AUS in moderate to severe male incontinence; recent studies, one prospective and one Canadian multicenter cohort study, have demonstrated adjustable transobturator male sling (ATOMS) as a safe and efficient alternative to treat PPI. Interestingly, the ATOMS does not required any operation manipulation from the user in order to void and it causes potentially less urethral erosion and less urethral atrophy than the AUS; although those findings were never compared head to head with the AUS. Therefore, we believe that a thorough prospective non-inferiority study comparing the outcomes and effectiveness of the ATOMS device versus the AUS in treating moderate to severe PPI could prove itself useful in guiding urologists and patients to choose their best treatment of male incontinence. The null hypothesis posed for the present study is that ATOMS is non inferior to AUS for the treatment of moderate to severe PPI using the non-inferiority margin of 15% to be of acceptable lower effectiveness.

With regards to study methods, this will be a pilot prospective, randomized controlled trial, non-blinded with a non-inferiority design. This pilot study will take place at the CIUSSS de l'Estrie, in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, with two surgeons. All male patients with moderate to severe incontinence after their prostate surgery, who are suitable for incontinence surgery will be screened for study eligibility respecting the exclusion and inclusion criteria. After written informed consent, enrolled patients will be randomized assigned (1:1) to one of the two interventions' arms (AUS or ATOMS). Sixty patients are estimated to be randomized in the two arms the day of their surgery with a computer-based algorithm sequence.

By completing this pilot prospective study, we hope to provide concrete and scientifically significant evidence on the effectiveness of ATOMS in the treatment of moderate to severe PPI comparing with the AUS. Although both treatments are commonly used today, there has been little evidence comparing both devices side by side with more severe PPI. We therefore hope to make a global impact with said project.

Condition Post-Prostatectomy Incontinence, Urinary Stress Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence, Stress Incontinence, Male
Treatment Adjustable Transobturator Male System, Artificial Urinary Sphincter
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05464316
SponsorUniversité de Sherbrooke
Last Modified on4 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Adult men (≥ 18 years of age) with moderate-to-severe post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence who are eligible and have consented to receive surgery as treatment. Determining patient eligibility for surgery is based on the AUA/SUFU Guidelines, published in 2019
Patients who consented to being randomised in receiving ATOMS and AUS

Exclusion Criteria

Patients whom the physician determines to be poor candidates for surgical procedures and/or anesthesia due to; poor manual dexterity, poor cognitive function, and other physical or mental conditions
Patients who have unresolved urethral or urethral-vesical anastomose stenosis within the last 12 months
Patients who have undergone previous incontinence surgeries
Patients who suffer mild incontinence (less than 200g per day)
Patients with primarily neurogenic incontinence
Patients with rising PSA levels within the previous 12 months
Patients with urinary incontinence due to or complicated by an irreversibly obstructed lower urinary tract
Patients with known allergies or sensitivity to rifampin or to minocycline HCl or other tetracyclines.", in InhibiZone implantation
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