Placement of artificial bowel sphincters in the management of faecal incontinence

Medical Services Advisory Committee
Record ID 32000008168
Authors' objectives:

This report summarises the current evidence relating to the safety and effectiveness of placement of artificial bowel sphincters in the treatment of faecal incontinence.

Authors' recommendations: Safety: There are insufficient data to assess the safety profile of the device. There have been limited short-term studies, but significant methodological flaws limit the inferences that can be drawn. Effectiveness: The effectiveness of artificial bowel sphincters in faecal incontinence has not been demonstrated due to the lack of rigorous studies. Cost-effectiveness: An assessment of the cost-effectiveness of the technology is not possible given uncertainty about the devices effectiveness and safety. Recommendation: Since there is currently insufficient evidence pertaining to placement of artificial bowel sphincters in the management of faecal incontinence, MSAC recommended that public funding should not be supported at this time for this procedure.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1999
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Australia
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Fecal Incontinence
Organisation Name: Medical Services Advisory Committee
Contact Address: MSAC (MDP 107), GPO Box 9848, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia. Tel: +61 2 6289 6811; Fax: +61 2 6289 8799.
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