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InMode’s Votiva Radiofrequency Device Safe for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Treatment, Finds Study

by BodySculpt NYC Body Sculpt - Plastic Surgery
A new study, “Role of Radiofrequency (Votiva, InMode) in Pelvic Floor Restoration”, by renowned plastic surgeons Spero J. Theodorou of bodySCULPT® in NYC; Erez Dayan, MD; Henry Ramirez, MD; and Lacy Westfall, RN, has been published in the April 2019 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open Journal. The study highlights the safety and efficacy of using Radiofrequency (RF) energy for Pelvic Floor Restoration (PFR) after vaginal delivery. The research reviews the use of a radiofrequency device, Votiva, InMode for postpartum pelvic floor restoration using an electrostimulator to objectively measure treatment effect. 

What Is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD)?

Pelvic Floor Disorder (PFD) or Dysfunction is the inability to correctly tighten and relax the pelvic floor muscles to have a bowel and bladder movement. According to the study, around 24% of women in the United States are estimated to get affected by postpartum pelvic floor disorders. The occurrence of these conditions surges significantly with age, with a lifetime risk of undergoing a single operation for prolapse or incontinence of 11% and a reoperation rate of 30%. Studies indicate that providers are unsure of therapeutic options and are inadequately trained to manage these problems. 

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimated a 39% increase in plastic surgeons performing vulvovaginal restoration procedures in the US from 2015 to 2016. The treatment options available currently for PFD are limited and include biofeedback, laser, electrical muscle stimulation, and in certain cases, operative intervention. However, advancements in the aesthetic field have introduced a number of energy-based devices, that include RF and laser (CO2, Er:YAG) devices which have been used for PFR to improve external genital appearance, vaginal laxity, and stress incontinence. 

Besides, among both surgical and nonsurgical procedures, nonsurgical vulvovaginal therapy has been one of the fastest growing areas in plastic surgery and urogynecology over the past 10 years. This is mainly due to the attractive benefits non-invasive methods provide such as less downtime, discomfort, and cost -- when compared to invasive surgical treatment. 

The study cites that there is a surging interest in PFR which reflects the decreased stigmatization of female health issues and the proven safety and efficacy of energy-based devices. Despite this, there are barriers preventing sound scientific evaluation of these devices including: lack of objective outcome measures, use of unvalidated surveys, paucity of case/control studies, and inadequate follow-up. 

The authors explicate how the RF workstation, Votiva by InMode may potentially fill a treatment gap of pelvic floor disorders, because RF treatment may provide particular benefit in cases of disturbance to the genito-pelvic floor. It helps with stretching of the vaginal introitus, which unattended, can lead to decreased sexual function, lubrication, genito-pelvic sensation, stress urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, and pelvic organ prolapse.

What Is Votiva, InMode?

Votiva is a versatile radiofrequency workstation for women’s health and wellness, combining gentle volumetric heating with fractional coagulation of tissue. Used for vaginal rejuvenation, it is the first and only device on the market that helps to revive both the internal and external tissue of the vagina without the need for painful surgery or significant downtime. Votiva treatment combines 2 innovative radiofrequency devices – FormaV™ and Morpheus8 ™— to tighten loose tissues and reinforce vaginal skin structure and elasticity.

  • Votiva with FormaV is 510k cleared for temporary improvements in blood circulation, muscle pain relief and muscle relaxation and is an adjunct to Kegel exercises (tightening of the muscles of the pelvic floor to increase muscle tone)
  • Morpheus8 is fractional device for use in dermatologic and general surgical procedures for electrocoagulation

A retrospective evaluation was conducted between April 2017 and May 2018 of consecutive patients for this RF workstation study which included 50 women with an average age of 32 (29–40) years, average of 2.6 pregnancies, and 1.8 vaginal deliveries. They underwent this vaginal radiofrequency treatment where resting pelvic floor muscle tone and maximal pelvic floor contraction were measured. Inclusion criteria were patients at least 6 weeks post vaginal delivery with symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. 

The study showed that RadioFrequency PFR may potentially fill a treatment gap of pelvic floor disorders. The study also notes that there were no adverse events from the Votiva treatment and found a significant correlation between treatment and maximal contraction of pelvic floor muscles. Moreover, the patients say they felt subjective improvement correlated to number of treatments. 

The study concludes mentioning a prospective randomized study that is being conducted to further evaluate the efficacy and role of this technology. 


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