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1. (WO2017151986) URETHRAL CATHETERS AND METHODS FOR FACILITATED INTRODUCTION INTO THE URINARY TRACT

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/151986    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/020543
Publication Date: Sat Sep 09 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Fri Mar 03 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: A61M 25/01
A61N 1/36
Applicants: INCUBE LABS, LLC
Inventors: IMRAN, Mir
Title: URETHRAL CATHETERS AND METHODS FOR FACILITATED INTRODUCTION INTO THE URINARY TRACT
Abstract:
Embodiments of the invention provide apparatus, systems and methods for facilitating introduction of a urinary drainage catheter (UDC) into the urinary tract (UT). One embodiment provides a UDC including electrodes for delivering high frequency current to a patient's pudenal nerves to relax the urinary sphincter (US) before passing the UDC therethrough so as reduce the resistance force on the UDC and discomfort to the patient. The electrodes can comprise at least one pair of bipolar electrodes and may be flexible so as to bend and flex within the urethra. The UDC includes one or more lumens including a drainage lumen and an inflation lumen for inflating an anchoring device on the UDC. The UDC can include a pressure sensor to assess relaxation of the US. The UDC may include a second set of electrodes and irrigation lumen for relaxing the US and flushing the urethra with the UDC in place.