Neuromodulation Therapy

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  • Electrical stimulation to treat bladder problems

  • Treats overactive bladder

  • Option if other therapies have not worked

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Electrical Stimulation to Treat Bladder Problems

Interstim therapy for bladder problems

Millions of people suffer from embarrassing bladder problems such as retention and overactive bladder. These symptoms can limit daily and social activities. Behavioral modification, drugs, pelvic floor exercises, and catheters are effective treatments for many people but may not work for everyone.

One option is sacral neuromodulation therapy for the bladder. This therapy involves implanting a device to electrically stimulate the sacral nerves, located in the lower area of the spinal column above the tailbone.

Neuromodulation has been FDA-approved since 1997 as a treatment for retention or overactive bladder. It can reduce or eliminate symptoms of overactive bladder (urge incontinence, urgency-frequency) and some cases of urinary retention.

You can test the therapy during a trial assessment (Evaluation Stage) to see if this procedure is right for you before making a long-term commitment. Even then, the stimulation is reversible and can be discontinued by turning off or removing the neurostimulator device. These devices are now MRI-compatible and long-lasting.

The information on this page is intended to provide general information on sacral neuromodulation. Dr. Tamra Lewis, board-certified in both Urology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, currently runs the Continence program at CUC. If you think this therapy is right for you, please call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lewis.