by Dr. Jeanette M. Pilotte, MD, FACOG, Women’s Health and Wellness
Stresses of aging, pregnancy, childbirth, hormone fluctuations and menopause all can weaken women’s pelvic floor muscles, creating stress urinary incontinence and urge incontinence as well as decreased sexual sensation and satisfaction.
The VTone procedure strengthens the pelvic floor and address these issues. It is a gentle, nonsurgical FDA-cleared technology that provides electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), paired with neuromuscular re-education, to rehabilitate the pelvic floor muscles.
How does VTone work?
VTone, on the Empower platform by InMode, is a highly effective and noninvasive treatment that helps to tone and train muscles of the pelvic floor. During a VTone treatment a single-use electrostimulator, about the size of a tampon, is placed into the vaginal canal to trigger involuntary muscle contractions.
These contractions tone and tighten the pelvic floor, particularly those muscle fibers weakened or overstretched during pregnancy and childbirth.
VTone treatments are performed in the office, usually in a series of six to eight treatments over three months. It is a painless procedure — completed in 30 minutes, without anesthesia, surgery or downtime.
Most patients report increased urinary control, reduced bladder leakage and improved sexual sensation. Results are cumulative, with most patients realizing optimal strengthening one to two weeks after their final treatment. Maintenance treatments are performed annually.
VTone quickly restores patient confidence and quality of life, without surgery or downtime. Combined with Morpheus8V and Votiva on the Empower platform by InMode, VTone provides the most aggressive nonsurgical option to treat female urinary incontinence to date.
This allows women to manage their urinary leakage with an easy, FDA-cleared procedure and to avoid bladder mesh surgery with all of the potential surgical complications including mesh erosion, scarring and painful intercourse for both partners.