Incontinence can often be the result of a miscommunication between the brain and the bladder and/or bowels. InterStim® Therapy works to re-establish this very important communication channel.
InterStim is a small device, similar in size and function to a pacemaker, implanted just beneath the skin of the pelvis. The device emits tiny electrical pulses. These pulses target an area near the sacral nerve to modulate neural activity controlling the bladder and bowels. As a result, the symptoms of an overactive bladder or bowel incontinence are effectively eliminated.
What are the benefits of InterStim Therapy?
- Unlike oral medications which target muscular components of bladder and bowel control, InterStim offers control through nerve stimulation providing a much more effective and permanent solution.
- The InterStim device itself is about the size of a silver dollar and is not visible from the surface.
- The trial is a 15-minute, minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Patients typically wear the trial device between 5-10 days to determine candidacy for a permanent device. During this time, patients can continue about their normal activities.
- If your physician determines you are a good candidate for a permanent InterStim device, the procedure can be quickly and safely performed in an outpatient surgery center. The procedure itself typically takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. Patients typically return to their normal activities within three weeks.
- InterStim Therapy is an FDA-approved therapy. Over 100,000 individuals have been treated with InterStim Therapy.
- If for any reason InterStim isn’t right for you after your procedure, it is completely reversible.
There are countless benefits to InterStim Therapy. Patients who have an InterStim were typically at the end of their rope, fed up with solutions that just didn’t work. With InterStim, patients get their lives back. There is reduced embarrassment, almost no accidents, and less frequency of going. There is virtually no need to use incontinence products or bring a change of clothes everywhere.