Getting the Therapy
If your bowel control problems are preventing you from living a normal life, sacral neuromodulation therapy may provide relief. The implant surgery is minimally invasive, and most people return to normal activities within a few days.
Some people find that alternative treatments for bowel control problems don’t work for them. Others cannot tolerate the side effects of medications. Find out more about sacral neuromodulation.
Talk to your GP, gastroenterologist, colorectal surgeon, urogynaecologist, or gynaecologist about treating your bowel control problem today.
Get information on a trial assessment of sacral neuromodulation.
Your doctor will help you to determine if sacral neuromodulation is right for you. This treatment is designed to reduce bowel control problems for people who suffer faecal incontinence, including the leakage of gas, liquid or solid stools.
Sacral neuromodulation may be an option for people who have failed or could not tolerate other treatments.
The potential benefit of sacral neuromodulation for you can be demonstrated with a trial assessment. This procedure uses an external stimulator and test lead system that can be placed during a procedure in theatre.
Throughout the trial assessment period, you will keep track of your faecal symptoms in a special diary. If your symptoms are significantly reduced or eliminated during the testing period, you may benefit from long-term use of sacral neuromodulation.
The results of sacral neuromodulation vary from person to person. This treatment option is not a cure for bowel control problems but it may help relieve your symptoms.
As you begin the diagnosis and treatment of your bowel control problem, you will meet a variety of medical professionals who are dedicated to providing you with the best possible care to relieve your symptoms. Be sure to talk candidly with your health care provider about your symptoms, lifestyle, and treatment concerns.
This doctor is a surgeon specialising in diseases of the male and female bowel, including the small and large colon and anal canal.
This doctor specialises in women's general health, including care of reproductive organs, breasts, sexual function, and hormonal disorders. Gynaecologists also treat pelvic organ and bowel problems.
This doctor is a gynaecologist specialising in diseases of the female urinary tract and pelvic reconstructive surgery. These doctors will also treat prolapse and incontinence.
Bowel tests are usually conducted by nurses specialising in stomal therapy or incontinence. These tests are diagnostic procedures used to evaluate your bowel function. The results of these tests will help your doctor decide which treatment is most appropriate for you.
The nurse works closely with your doctor. This expert may work with you on treatments such as Kegel exercises, diet modification, or biofeedback. This nurse will be a key contact for many of your initial questions.
Your doctor may prescribe physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles in your pelvic floor. Pelvic floor rehabilitation may include pelvic floor stimulation and biofeedback-guided pelvic floor exercises, used alone or in combination.
Patient instructions differ among doctors. It’s important to follow all your doctor's instructions carefully.
Having the system implanted requires a short procedure that is done in the operating theatre. You will have a small incision in your upper buttock, where your doctor will insert the neurostimulator under your skin. Also, you will have a small incision in your upper buttock, where a long-term electrode is inserted. The neurostimulator sends the electrical pulses through the thin wire to one of your sacral nerves.
You may need to restrict your activities immediately after the procedure. Talk to your doctor about what is appropriate for you.
This website is intended to be educational and is not to be used as a diagnostic tool. It is not intended to replace the information provided to you by your healthcare providers and does not constitute medical advice. The information may not be directly applicable for your individual clinical circumstance. Please talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.