PTQ® Implants for Faecal Incontinence

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PTQ is an injectable soft-tissue bulking agent used to treat faecal incontinence caused by weak or damaged muscles in the anal sphincter. PTQ treatment improves anal function by providing bulk to muscle tissue or closing gaps in the muscles.


How is PTQ treatment performed?

cogentix-ptq-sphincter-diagram.pngPTQ treatment may be performed in the hospital or clinic under local or general anaesthesia. During the procedure, your doctor will inject PTQ in 3-4 locations in the tissues surrounding the anus. The entire procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.

PTQ Implants provide a simple daycase treatment that can augment the anal sphincter muscle. Clinical studies show that this procedure can dramatically improve anal sphincter function and subsequently improve your quality of life.


What can I expect after the procedure?

  • You will stay at the clinic until the numbness from the anaesthetic is gone. Most patients go home the same day.
  • Your surgeon may prescribe antibiotics, laxatives and a pain medication.
  • You may resume normal daily activities and return to work within a few days.
  • You should avoid all forms of sexual intercourse, rigorous exercise and heavy lifting for 1 month following PTQ treatment.

Treatment with PTQ may help eliminate embarrassing accidents resulting from lack of bowel control. If the treatment is successful, it is likely that you would see immediate improvement following the procedure.


What is the benefit of PTQ?

Treatment with PTQ may help eliminate embarrassing accidents resulting from lack of bowel control. If the treatment is successful, it is likely that you would see immediate improvement following the procedure.


Will PTQ work for me?

Multiple studies show that many patients respond to PTQ treatment and that results are maintained for about two years.

  • Approximately 60%-80% of patients show improvement
  • Significantly improves patient quality of life
  • Reinjection is safe and effective

What are the risks I should know about?

While treatment with PTQ is generally well-tolerated, as with any treatment, there are risks. PTQ treatment risks include:

  • Risks associated with anaesthesia
  • Swelling, bruising, redness or discomfort at the injection site (which can be controlled with pain medication)
  • Infection, which may be indicated by fever or pain at the injection site, in the days or weeks following the treatment
  • The need for further surgical correction or PTQ treatment
  • It is important to take all prescribed medications to minimize these risks. Consult your surgeon if you experience high fever or symptoms that last longer than 1 week.