Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy (Sacral Neuromodulation), delivered by the InterStim® System has been FDA-approved since 1997 for urge incontinence and since 1999 for urinary retention and urgency-frequency. InterStim System is not intended for patients with a urinary blockage.
Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy works with the sacral nerves, located near the tailbone. The sacral nerves control the bladder and muscles related to urinary function. If the brain and sacral nerves don’t communicate correctly, the nerves can’t tell the bladder to function properly.
Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy uses a device that sends gentle electrical stimulation to the sacral nerves. This helps the brain and the nerves to communicate so the bladder and related muscles can function properly.
Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy is a reversible treatment that can be discontinued at any time by turning off or removing the device.
Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy may help you resume normal activities, and help you avoid frustrating experiences associated with urinary retention.
After talking with your doctor to see if Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy may be right for you, you may decide to try it by going through an evaluation. The evaluation generally lasts several days. Before and during the evaluation, you'll be asked to track your symptoms to help determine how well Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy works for you.
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