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BJU Int. 2015 Aug;116(2):278-87. doi: 10.1111/bju.12982. Epub 2015 Mar 7.

Temporary implantable nitinol device (TIND): a novel, minimally invasive treatment for relief of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH): feasibility, safety and functional results at 1 year of follow-up.

Porpiglia F1, Fiori C1, Bertolo R1, Garrou D1, Cattaneo G1, Amparore D1.

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1S.C.D.U. Urologia, Department of Oncology, School of Medicine, ‘San Luigi Gonzaga’ Hospital, University of Turin, Orbassano (Turin), Italy.



To report the first clinical experience with a temporary implantable nitinol device (TIND; Medi-Tate(®) ) for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).


In all, 32 patients with LUTS were enrolled in this prospective study, which was approved by our Institutional Ethics Committee. Inclusion criteria were: age >50 years, International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) of ≥10, maximum urinary flow rate (Qmax ) of ≤12 mL/s, and prostate volume of RESULTS:
The mean patient age was 69.4 years, the mean (standard deviation, sd) prostate volume was 29.5 (7.4) mL and the Qmax was 7.6 (2.2) mL/s. The median (interquartile range, IQR) IPSS was 19 (14-23) and QoL score was 3 (3-4). All the implantations were successful, with no intraoperative complications recorded. The mean operative time (sd) was 5.8 (2.5) min and the median (IQR) postoperative stay was 1 (1-2) day. All but one of the devices (96%) was removed 5 days at after implantation in an outpatient setting. Four complications (12.5%) were recorded, including urinary retention (one, 3.1%), transient incontinence due to device displacement (one, 3.1%), prostatic abscess (one, 3.1%), and urinary tract infection (one, 3.1%). Multiple regression analysis failed to identify any independent prognostic factor for complications. There were statistically significant differences in the IPSS, QoL score and Qmax when comparing pre- and postoperative results at every time point. After 12 months, the median (IQR) IPSS and QoL score were 9 (7-13) and 1 (1-2), respectively, and the mean (sd) Qmax was 12 (4.7) mL/s. The mean variations with respect to baseline conditions at the same time points were -45% for the IPSS and +67% for Qmax . At 12 months after surgery (last follow-up visit), no patients required medical therapy or surgical procedures for BPH.


TIND implantation is a feasible and safe minimally invasive option for the treatment of BPH-related LUTS. The functional results are encouraging and the treatment significantly improved patient QoL. Further studies are required to assess durability of TIND results and to optimise the indications of such a procedure.