Proof of concept project

Smarter Sphincters

  • Date Published

    March 2016

  • Principal Investigator

    Ms Anju Goyal, Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

  • Co-Investigators

    Dr Jordan Boyle, University of Leeds


Smarter Sphincters is a pilot project starting in December 2016 and focussing on incontinence in children. The manual dexterity and mental maturity required to operate some of the implantable devices used to treat urinary incontinence means these devices are not ideal for younger patients.

This six month study seeks to investigate the plausibility of adding intelligent electronic control to such devices in order to make them more user friendly for children while possibly also reducing the risk of tissue erosion, which has been a long standing drawback and significantly reduces the long term success rate of such treatments.

Incontinence Management & PRevention through Engineering and ScienceS