Axonics announces first commercial US patient implanted with its sacral neuromodulation system

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first US patient implanted with SNM Axonics
Axonics’ neuromodulation system

Axonics has announced the first US-based implantation of the Axonics r-SNM system subsequent to its clearance by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2019. Following the completion of customary post-approval regulatory activities, the first implant outside of a clinical study setting was conducted in California on 29 October, 2019.

“This first patient was a perfect candidate for the Axonics device,” said Felicia Lane, director of Urogynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, USA. “Not only did our patient suffer with urinary and bowel dysfunction most of her adult life, her previously implanted sacral neuromodulation (SNM) device required replacement due to battery depletion in less than four years. Just three short years after her second implant, the device failed due to a fractured lead wire requiring explantation of the entire system. We took this opportunity to implant the long-lived rechargeable system from Axonics which I consider to be state of the art in sacral neuromodulation. At the University of California, Irvine, we pride ourselves in providing our patients with the most effective and reliable treatments, and the Axonics system is a perfect example.”

The Axonics r-SNM System offers a long-lived miniaturised neurostimulator that is approximately the size of a USB stick and is qualified to operate for at least 15 years. Unlike some active implantable devices, the Axonics device can safely be left in place during full-body MRI scans.

The patient, Melissa Der Manouel, said, “The original implant gave me symptom relief and a new lease on life, but having to undergo surgery every few years was physically and emotionally taxing. When I learned about the small rechargeable Axonics device that will work for 15 or more years and is MRI compatible, it was the obvious choice. I am grateful to have this opportunity to greatly improve my quality of life over the long term.”

Recently, Axonics received US FDA approval granting the company the right to market its product in the USA for the clinical indication of faecal incontinence. Additional conditions are under FDA review, including overactive bladder (urinary urge incontinence and urinary urge frequency) as well as urinary retention.

Karen Noblett, chief medical officer of Axonics, commented, “We believe that Der Manouel is a typical patient who, given the choice, will more often than not select Axonics. In corporate announcements, we often talk about scientific and commercial milestones, but ultimately, helping patients like Der Manouel achieve tangible, long-term improvement in her bladder and bowel condition and quality of life is the most rewarding aspect of our work. We look forward to helping thousands of additional patients in the USA gain the same clinical, emotional and economic benefits that the Axonics r-SNM System provides.”


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