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About Medtronic InterStim Therapy for Urinary Control
If you've tried other treatments but are still suffering from bladder control problems, you might be relieved to hear about another option: InterStim Therapy.
What Is InterStim Therapy?
Neurostimulation is a reversible treatment that can be discontinued at any time by turning off or removing the device. It sends mild electrical pulses to the sacral nerves.
Located near the tailbone, the sacral nerves control the bladder and the muscles related to urinary function. If the brain and sacral nerves don’t communicate correctly, the nerves can’t tell the bladder to function properly. This communication problem can lead to symptoms of overactive bladder. Neurostimulation targets these symptoms by stimulating the sacral nerves with mild electrical pulses.
Neurostimulation may help you resume normal activities, and help you avoid frustrating experiences associated with overactive bladder.
How Can I Find Out If InterStim Therapy Will Work for Me?
You can try InterStim Therapy during a trial assessment period to find out whether it will work for you before making a long-term commitment. With long-term InterStim Therapy, a small neurostimulator is placed under the skin of the upper buttock during a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure.
The Trial Assessment
Your doctor will help you determine whether neurostimulation is right for you. The treatment is designed to minimize the symptoms of overactive bladder. Neurostimulation may be a good option for you if you have not had success with or could not tolerate more conservative treatments.
Here’s how it works:
During the trial assessment, you can continue many of your daily activities with caution. You can usually continue to work throughout your trial assessment if your job doesn’t require strenuous movement.
You’ll be asked to document your urinary symptoms. If your symptoms are significantly reduced or eliminated during the trial, you and your doctor can discuss long-term neurostimulation therapy.
The results of neurostimulation vary from person to person. This treatment option is not a cure for bladder control problems; it may help relieve your symptoms.
How It Works
What other patients have to say about InterStim Therapy - Learn about the experiences of others with bladder control problems as they explored treatment options and found hope with InterStim Therapy.