Spanner® Prostatic Stent

The Spanner Stent is a unique medical device designed to offer an alternative solution for men with urinary retention issues, typically caused by an enlarged prostate (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia – BPH). This innovative device aims to improve the quality of life for patients by allowing them to urinate more naturally and avoid the discomfort and complications associated with traditional catheters. Here’s a detailed description along with graphics to illustrate its design and functionality:

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Spanner Stent Device Description

The Spanner is designed to alleviate urinary retention in men, commonly caused by enlarged prostate. The Spanner serves the same purpose as a penis catheter but without the bothersome external part of the catheter. It is a small, flexible tube with a balloon at its tip keeping the device in the bladder and prostate. The tube traverses the prostate and opens the channel to allow for natural urination.

The Spanner is made from biocompatible materials that reduce the risk of irritation and infection. It is soft and flexible to ensure comfort and minimize irritation.


  1. Urination Mechanism:
  • Allows urine to flow from the bladder through the urethra.
  • Bypasses the constricted area of the prostate, enabling easier urination.
  1. Placement and Removal:
  • Inserted and removed in a medical setting, typically a doctor’s office.
  • Can be done without surgery, offering a less invasive option compared to other treatments.


  1. Comfort: More comfortable than traditional catheters, reducing the risk of pain and infection.
  2. Convenience: Allows for normal urination, improving quality of life.
  3. Minimally Invasive: Inserted without surgery, making it a less risky option.


  • Not suitable for all patients; effectiveness and suitability vary.
  • Requires professional placement and monitoring.

Graphics Illustration

Spanner Stent Diagram

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Comparative Graphics

  1. Insertion Procedure Graphic:
  • Step-by-step visual guide on how the stent is inserted.
  1. Benefits Infographic:
  • Highlights key benefits like comfort, ease of urination, and minimally invasive nature.


The Spanner Stent represents a significant advancement in the management of urinary retention due to BPH, offering a more comfortable and less invasive alternative to traditional methods. Its innovative design and functionality make it a valuable option for many patients suffering from this condition.