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About the Therapy
If you’ve tried other treatments without relief, you may want to consider a trial assessment for sacral nerve stimulation. It has been used to treat more than 50,000 people worldwide since 1994.
Sacral nerve stimulation involves the use of a surgically implanted device that stimulates your sacral nerve with mild electrical pulses. The sacral nerve controls your bowel and the muscles related to anal function.
To help discover if sacral nerve stimulation will work for you, you can undergo a trial assessment. This allows you and your doctor to try sacral nerve stimulation.
The trial assessment involves implanting a thin wire in your back. The wire is connected to a small stimulator, which you'll wear on a belt. The stimulator will send mild electrical pulses through the thin wire to one of your sacral nerves, and those pulses may get your bowel working the way it's supposed to. During the trial assessment, which typically lasts 7 to 14 days, you can continue many of your daily activities with caution.
All treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient, and will form part of your consultation with your healthcare professional.
Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical information that pertains to sacral nerve stimulation.
Review some common questions and concerns about sacral nerve stimulation, and find out how to talk to your doctor about treatment options.
With sacral nerve stimulation, a small device is surgically implanted to stimulate your sacral nerve with mild electrical pulses. The sacral nerve controls your bowel and the muscles related to bowel function.
Sacral nerve stimulation is used to treat the symptoms of faecal incontinence, including leakage of gas, liquid, or solid stool. If you have not experienced success with more conservative treatments, this reversible treatment may be an option.
Sacral nerve stimulation may help you resume normal activities, and avoid frustrating experiences associated with faecal incontinence.
Sacral nerve stimulation is another treatment for managing faecal incontinence in people who have not found success with other treatments.
With sacral nerve stimulation, a small implantable device is surgically placed to stimulate your sacral nerve with mild electrical impulses. The sacral nerve controls your bowel and the muscles related to bowel function.
Nerves carry information to and from the brain about bowel evacuation and storage. When the communication system between the sacral nerves and the brain is not working, a person can have bowel control problems.
Side effects may include, pain, skin irritation, infection, device problems, and lead movement.
Sacral nerve stimulation may reduce bowel symptoms for many people who suffer faecal incontinence, including the leakage of gas, liquid, or solid stool. Sacral nerve stimulation is reversible and can be discontinued at any time.
Sacral nerve stimulation uses a small, implanted device to send mild electrical pulses to a nerve located in the lower back. This grouping of nerves, called the sacral nerves, influences the bowel and surrounding muscles that manage bowel function. The electrical stimulation may eliminate or reduce certain bowel control symptoms in some people.
Your doctor is the best person to advise you about any treatment option.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.