InterStim therapy for Urinary Incontinence
What Is InterStim Therapy?
InterStim has been FDA-approved since 1997 for urge incontinence and since 1999 for urinary retention and significant symptoms of urgency-frequency. InterStim Therapy is not intended for patients with a urinary blockage.
How It Works
Sacral neuromodulation works with the sacral nerves, located near the tailbone. The sacral nerves control the bladder and muscles related to urinary function. If the brain and sacral nerves are miscommunicating, the nerves can’t tell the bladder to function properly.
InterStim Therapy modulates the sacral nerves with mild electrical pulses. This helps the brain and the nerves to communicate so the bladder and related muscles can function properly.
InterStim Therapy is a reversible treatment that can be discontinued at any time by turning off or removing the device.
Sacral neuromodulation may help you resume normal activities and help you avoid frustrating or embarrassing experiences associated with overactive bladder.
Test It Out
After talking with your doctor to see if InterStim Therapy is right for you, you may decide to try InterStim Therapy by going through an evaluation. The evaluation generally lasts several days. Before and during the evaluation, you’ll be asked to track your symptoms to help determine how well InterStim Therapy works for you.
Benefits and Risks – InterStim Therapy
If you’ve tried other treatments without success, or you’ve experienced intolerable side effects from medications, InterStim Therapy may provide you relief from the symptoms of overactive bladder.
InterStim Therapy may reduce symptoms for many people who suffer from overactive bladder. InterStim Therapy is reversible and can be discontinued at any time by turning off or removing the device. Unlike other surgical treatment options for OAB, InterStim Therapy starts with an evaluation, where you can experience how it feels and see if it will help reduce your symptoms, prior to going forward with the implant procedure.
Implanting an InterStim Therapy system has risks similar to any surgical procedure, including swelling, bruising, bleeding, and infection. Talk with your doctor about ways to minimize these risks.
Sacral neuromodulation might cause you to experience some of these side effects:
- Pain at the implant site or new pain
- Infection or skin irritation
- Lead (thin wire) movement/migration
- Device problems
- Interactions with certain other devices or diagnostic equipment
- Undesirable changes in urinary or bowel function
- Uncomfortable stimulation (sometimes described as a jolting or shocking feeling
Problems may be resolved with surgery, medication, or reprogramming. These events may also resolve over time. There is a possibility that some may remain unresolved. See Important Safety Information for possible adverse events. This therapy is not for everyone. Please consult your doctor.
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