Most people feel uncomfortable discussing bladder control problems with their friends, family, and doctor. But, if you suffer from any of the symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB), you're not alone. More than 33 million Americans deal with OAB, defined as urgency frequency and urge incontinence. InterStim therapy is a treatment option available for those suffering from the effects of OAB.
InterStim therapy involves the placement of a device that sends mild electrical pulses to the sacral nerves near the tailbone. These nerves control the bladder and the muscles involved in urinary function. Bladder control problems are the result of poor communication between the brain and the sacral nerves; the InterStim device bridges the communication gap and restores functionality to the bladder.
InterStim therapy can provide relief for the following symptoms:
- Urge Incontinence
- Urinary Retention
- Urgency, frequency: feeling like the bladder is not emptying, passing only small amounts of urine
If you are considering InterStim therapy the first step is to establish if InterStim therapy is appropriate for your specific problems. Ideal candidates are those who have tried medications and behavioral changes with no success. A physical exam and review of your medical history are also required. For those who have not yet tried medication or behavioral modifications, have no fear. We can customize a care pathway to aid you in getting your life back.
The most exciting part of InterStim therapy is the ability to try it first with a simple in office procedure called a PNE. This allows us to ensure that optimal results are achieved prior to proceeding to more permanent implantation.