Our Solution

Creating a Safe, Symmetric and Controlled Space.

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The Problem

Rectal toxicity stems from the rectum’s proximity to the prostate. It is a highly prevalent complication during prostate cancer radiation therapy. Despite technological advancements and careful and precise treatment planning, prostate movements within or between sessions leave parts of the rectal wall exposed to high radiation doses, which may result in rectal toxicity or proctitis.

The Solution

Hypofractionation and dose escalation are leading treatments for prostate radiation. There is a growing need for a solution to protect the rectum from the high-dose radiation field, significantly reduce rectal toxicity, and pave the way to safer and more cost-effective radiation therapy techniques.

45mm long
18mm High
Anti Adhesive
17ml Inflation Volume
6 months to substantial Absorption; 12 mo. to Completion
48mm Wide

BioProtect Balloon Implant™

BioProtect Balloon spacer is the answer to this need. With its unique design and shape, the balloon provides up to 18mm separation between the rectal wall and the treated area before commencing radiation therapy.

The Implant System

Using a minimally invasive, no-needle insertion device, the balloon is introduced quickly and safely under ultrasound guidance, using a transperineal technique, with local or general anesthesia. Once the balloon is placed between the prostate and the rectum, it is filled with sterile saline and positioned to gain its final well-defined configuration.

The balloon provides reproducible separation between the prostate and rectum. It is visible under all imaging modalities, including CT, MRI, and ultrasound, and by creating a buffer – it enables safe radiation therapy. The balloon maintains its size and shape in the body during the radiation course period and naturally biodegrades over time (usually within six months of implantation), not requiring any additional procedure for removal.

Provides optimal organ separation through optimal positioning
Provides safe distance between prostate and rectum
Degrades within 6 months post implantation
Visible under any imaging modality (CT, Ultrasound, MRI)
Saline filed biodegradable balloon, minimally invasive implanted under TRUS guidance

The Procedure