POST-IMPLANT FOLLOW-UP Sacral neuromodulation

REGULAR PATIENT FOLLOW-UP IS NECESSARY

Long-term post-surgical management could ensure benefit from Sacral Neuromodulation. Regular patient follow-up is necessary to ensure the InterStim™ system is providing optimal therapy outcomes, confirm component integrity and performance, and assess neurostimulator battery life.


PATIENT DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS

Before discharging the patient, instruct the patient to:

  • Inform all Healthcare professionals, such as consulting physicians and dentists, that he or she has an implanted neurostimulation system
  • Avoid physical activities that may damage the implant site or the implanted neurostimulator or dislodge parts of the system.
  • Restrict activities such as stretching and lifting heavy objects, for a period of time following surgery to minimize the possibility of lead displacement
  • Consult the physician if any unusual signs or symptoms develop
  • Carry the Medtronic patient identification card and patient programmer with them at all times
  • Consult the InterStim Patient Therapy Guide for answers to questions about how the therapy may affect their day-to-day life.

PROGRAMMING TOOLS

Periodic visits should be scheduled after the surgery to verify programming parameters and fine-tune the therapy. Use the tools below to guide programming decisions.

pdf Patient Management Guide  (.pdf)

Offers suggested best practices for systematic, objective patient management.

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pdf Patient Management Worksheet (.pdf)

Used post-implant with the Patient Management Guide to assess symptoms and program settings and guide programming decisions.

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