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Sacral Neuromodulation for Urinary Incontinence

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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?

Sacral neuromodulation is a type of neuromodulation therapy that involves the implantation of a device that stimulates the sacral nerve, which is located in the pelvis. The bladder control issues this therapy can treat include:
Urge incontinence
Urinary retention
Urgency and frequency
Fecal incontinence

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.

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How does InterStim work?
InterStim uses electrical stimulation to stimulate the sacral nerves, which are located in the lower back near the tailbone. This stimulation helps to regulate the muscles and nerves in the pelvic region, which can help improve urinary and fecal incontinence, and reduce chronic pelvic pain.
Is InterStim safe?
InterStim has been extensively tested and is considered to be safe when used as directed. However, as with any medical device, there are potential risks and side effects that should be discussed with your doctor before starting treatment.
Who is a candidate for InterStim?
InterStim is typically recommended for people who have tried other treatment options, such as medication and behavioral therapies, but have not found relief. Your doctor will determine if InterStim is an appropriate treatment option for you based on your specific medical history and symptoms.
How is InterStim implanted?
InterStim is typically implanted through a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The device consists of two components: a stimulator that is placed under the skin in the lower back, and a lead that is placed near the sacral nerves. The procedure is typically performed in an outpatient setting and takes about an hour.
What are the potential side effects of InterStim?
Some common side effects of InterStim include infection, pain at the implant site, and changes in sensation in the pelvic area. More serious complications, such as nerve damage, are rare. Your doctor will discuss the potential risks and benefits of InterStim with you before you decide to undergo the procedure.