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InterStim Therapy for Bowel Control

InterStim for Bladder Control

InterStim Therapy for Urinary Control is indicated for the treatment of urinary retention and the symptoms of overactive bladder, including urinary urge incontinence and significant symptoms of urgency-frequency alone or in combination, in patients who have failed or could not tolerate more conservative treatments. InterStim Therapy is not intended for patients with a urinary blockage.

What Is InterStim Therapy?

InterStim Therapy is a proven neuromodulation therapy that targets the communication problem between the brain and the nerves that control the bladder. If those nerves are not communicating correctly, the bladder will not function properly.

The InterStim Therapy system uses an external neurostimulator during a trial assessment period. For long-term therapy, the neurostimulator is inside your body.

InterStim Therapy was created by Medtronic, the developer of the pacemaker. It has been FDA-approved since 1997 for urge incontinence and since 1999 for urinary retention and urgency-frequency. InterStim Therapy is not intended for patients with a urinary blockage

In addition to risks related to a surgical procedure, complications from this therapy can occur and may require surgery or cause return of symptoms. For a list of adverse events that have been associated with the therapy, please refer to the Important Safety Information. Always discuss the potential risks and benefits of the therapy with your doctor. This therapy is not for everyone. A prescription is required.

How Does InterStim Therapy Work?

InterStim Therapy works with the sacral nerves, located near the tailbone. The sacral nerves control the bladder and muscles related to urinary function.

It is believed that one possible cause of overactive bladder is miscommunication between the brain and the sacral nerves; when the brain and sacral nerves don't communicate correctly, the nerves will not tell the bladder to function correctly, which can cause bladder control problems.

The theory is that mild stimulation of the sacral nerves reduces the signals to the nervous system which may be causing the bladder control symptoms.

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