Pelex is a digital health platform for pelvic health, moving diagnosis and treatment out of the clinic and into the home. Through our innovative connected device and telehealth platform, we are simplifying the journey to wellness for the millions of American affected by urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, organ prolapse and more.
WHAT ARE PFDs?
Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) are a variety of conditions that are associated with weakened pelvic floor muscle and nerve function. PFDs affecting most people fall into four categories: Bladder Control Problems, Bowel Control Problems, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, and Sexual Dysfunction.
WHAT IS THE PELVIC FLOOR?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue and nerves in the lowest part of the pelvis. It supports a host of organs such as the bladder and rectum. The pelvic floor also supports sexual and reproductive organs such as the prostate in men and the uterus and vagina in women. The pelvic floor is vital to proper sensation and function of these organs, and requires all of its parts to work together.
Pelex is building a digital health platform that brings clinically validated, non-invasive solutions into the patient’s home, solving the access and delivery of care issues that plague most patients today. The foundation of the platform will be our connected device, which will both diagnose and treat the patient's pelvic floor dysfunction. The device will offer two types of therapy and connect to a telehealth platform to allow a healthcare provider to remotely monitor the patient’s progress and conduct a telehealth visit. A supportive community of patients, providers, and health advocates will empower patients to maintain their therapy for long term treatment.
HOW IT WORKS
The user sits on a cushion that is arrayed with sensors and electrodes. The Pelex device detects levels of muscle activity and let the user know if the pelvic exercises are being done correctly through a hand-held app. The device will also gently stimulate the nerves in the pelvic floor. This bio-feedback type of exercises and neurostimulation have proven to be the most effective in-office methods to improve pelvic floor health without creating further damage. Our goal is to have these best-in-class methods be available for home use.
Pelex is the result of a desire to do more for the people in our lives that give the most. Dr. Jeremy Wiygul is a urologist at Weill Cornell with over twenty years of clinical experience treating patients with pelvic floor disorders, and knows well the hurdles they face finding appropriate care. Even more importantly, he has seen what his own wife faced after childbirth, and how the entire care system makes it so difficult to get better. He became convinced there was a better way to care.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Urology
Weill Cornell Medicine
Co-Founder, Commercial Insights and Marketing
Innovation Strategy & Commercialization for Colgate, Unilever, Abbott, Janssen
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New York, NY
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