Axonics Therapy: Your FAQs Answered

Axonics Therapy is a novel and innovative treatment option for patients with urinary and fecal incontinence, as well as urinary retention. It is a minimally invasive, long-term solution that involves the implantation of a small device that stimulates the nerves responsible for controlling the bladder and bowel. 

While Axonics Therapy is a relatively new treatment, it has already helped numerous patients regain control of their bladder and bowel function and improve their quality of life. However, many people may still have questions or concerns about the treatment. In this article, we will answer some frequently asked questions about Axonics Therapy to provide a better understanding of this promising treatment option.

What is Axonics Therapy?

Axonics treatment, or sacral neuromodulation, is a cutting-edge bladder and bowel control procedure intended to lessen the signs and symptoms of overactive bladder and bowel incontinence. It is also used to treat patients suffering from urinary retention. The Therapy provides a long-term solution by reestablishing regular contact between your brain, bladder, and bowel.

How does Axonics Therapy work?

Generally, Axonics Therapy works by stimulating the sacral nerves with tiny electrical pulses. The treatment works to better regulate the sacral nerve’s activity by restoring everyday communication in patients with fecal or urinary incontinence.

What conditions does the Axonics treat?

Axonics Therapy is a proven treatment to help patients who have lost control of their bowels and bladder. As a result, it is effective for treating bowel incontinence, urine retention, and overactive bladder symptoms such as urinary urgency incontinence.

How does the implant procedure work?

Minimally invasive surgery can be used to swiftly and safely implant Axonics. Although some physicians favor using general anesthesia, a local anesthetic is typically administered. The device is then positioned above the buttocks in the lower back. The surgical procedure typically takes around 20 to 30 minutes.

What are the benefits of Axonics Therapy?

Axonics Therapy offers many benefits, such as a longer-lasting solution than other treatment options. It’s also among the safest and most effective treatments for people with chronic illnesses. Axonics Therapy is also minimally invasive, offers lowered infection risk, and other unfavorable side effects.

What are the side effects of Axonics treatment?

Axonic Therapy is an FDA-approved surgical procedure. Aside from minor stimulation-related discomfort, it has few significant side effects. Patients may also suffer some temporary, localized swelling, which may be cause for concern. Some patients also report changes in their sense of touch, mainly in their feet and buttocks, due to the Axonics implants’ stimulation.

Can the device be removed?

Yes, an Axonics device can be removed. This is a procedure that can be performed in the unlikely case that the treatment is ineffective.

What is the cost of Axonics Therapy?

Cost may vary, but the majority of insurance plans cover Axonics Therapy. Patients are encouraged to consult their doctor to learn more about insurance coverage.

How long does the device last?

An Axonics device can last for approximately 15 years. Unlike other devices that may require biweekly charging, patients only need to charge the device once per month.

Is Axonics treatment an inpatient procedure?

Axonics treatment is typically an outpatient procedure. Patients can expect to go home the same day as their procedure.

How long does the recovery period last?

After receiving Axonics treatment, returning to your regular routine can take up to three weeks. But light activity may be possible a few days after the procedure.

Interested in Learning More About Axonics Therapy?

Our personalized approach ensures that you receive the guidance and support you need to make informed decisions about your health. Whether you prefer to speak with a medical concierge or fill out a self-assessment, we are here to help. Don’t let urinary or fecal incontinence hold you back from living a confident, healthy life. Contact us today to learn more about Axonics Therapy and take the first step toward a better quality of life.

About The Incontinence Institute

At the Incontinence Institute, our team of healthcare providers understand the physical and mental trials that accompany living with urinary or bowel incontinence. Because of this, we are sensitive to your situation and treat all of our patients with the utmost respect and concern for discretion.

Individual incontinence conditions, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient's experience with incontinence procedures and / or surgery will differ. All surgical procedures involve some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your physician, prompt action is advised, as waiting may reduce the efficacy of surgical treatment. The opinions expressed in patient testimonials are by patients only; they are not qualified medical professionals. These opinions should not be relied upon as, or in place of, the medical advice of a licensed doctor, etc.

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