How does an artificial urinary sphincter work?

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An artificial sphincter is a fluid-filled cuff surgically placed around the urethra (the tube that connects the bladder to the outside of the body) to prevent urine from leaking out. A small pump is inserted into a woman's labium or a man's scrotum. To urinate, you squeeze the pump and the fluid drains from the cuff into a storage balloon implanted in the abdominal cavity. This releases pressure on the urethra and allows urine to flow out. Over the next few minutes, the fluid automatically returns to the cuff.

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