Fecal Incontinence, also referred to as accidental bowel leakage, is when a person unexpectedly leaks stool from the rectum. It can range from a small amount of stool to a full bowel movement.
Accidental bowel leakage while usually not dangerous can cause a lot of distress and greatly affect life style. It may make those affected afraid to leave home for fear of an embarrassing accident. Luckily, there is hope!
InterStim therapy involves the placement of a device that sends mild electrical pulses to the sacral nerves near the tailbone. These nerves control the bowel functions . Bowel control problems are the result of poor communication between the brain and the sacral nerves; the InterStim device bridges the communication gap and offers long lasting results.
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.