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At the Women’s Health Group, we are proud to offer state-of-the-art surgery and procedures that treat various pelvic issues, from diagnosing conditions using colposcopy to alleviating urinary incontinence using sacral neuromodulation. Our surgeons use the latest techniques to ensure the best possible patient outcomes. With world-class care and compassionate doctors, we consistently earn the highest satisfaction ratings from patients.
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Bladder accidents can cause embarrassment and discomfort. Yet an overactive bladder (OAB) becomes increasingly common as we age, especially in women. When urgency and frequency lead to chronic urinary incontinence, a procedure known as sacral neuromodulation can help.
At Women’s Health Group, we use a type of sacral neuromodulation therapy known as InterStim. With InterStim, you can take advantage of a highly effective, reversible therapy option to treat symptoms of an overactive bladder. Plus, we offer the ability to try the device out before implantation to see if it’s right for you.
What Is Sacral Neuromodulation?
How InterStim Sacral Neuromodulation Works
The InterStim device is a type of neurostimulator that uses electrical impulses to improve function in the bladder, bowel, or pelvic muscles. This small, battery-powered device is implanted under the skin in the lower abdomen or buttocks and consists of an electrode that is placed near the sacral nerves, which are located in the lower back near the tailbone.
The InterStim device is connected to a small generator that sends electrical signals to the sacral nerves — helping to improve muscle function and control in the bladder and bowel.
The InterStim Trial and Full Implant Process
We offer the InterStim device as a trial or a full implant. A trial allows you to try the device out for about four to seven days to determine if the full implant procedure would be beneficial for you.
For the trial, we will insert a thin, flexible needle through the natural opening of the sacrum. The needle is attached to a wire that we will place near the sacral nerves. We will deliver a small electrical stimulation to find the best placement. During the trial period, the temporary testing wire will be attached to an external battery that can be worn on the belt. Patients will be able to control the level of stimulation with a remote.
If you notice an improvement in urinary or fecal incontinence during the 1- to 3-week trial period, we will move on to placing the permanent battery, which we implant in the upper part of the buttocks. With both procedures, patients are able to go home the same day.