Starting PTNM: The First 12 Weeks PTNM FOR SENIOR LIVING RESIDENTS

SIT BACK AND RELAX

Your PTNM therapy starts with 12 weekly sessions in the comfort of your own room. During the 30-minute therapy sessions, you will be seated in a comfortable chair and free to read, listen to music, watch television, or visit with family members.


MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR THERAPY

NURO System device

To get the best results possible from PTNM delivered by the NUROTM system, make sure you receive all 12 therapy sessions and stick to your treatment schedule. Throughout the 12 weeks, make notes about your progress, symptoms, and how you’re feeling. By recording your experience with Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy delivered by the NURO™ System, you’ll be able to track your progress and share the changes with your clinician.

Download the weekly tracker to stay on track and record your progress.

You may not see improvements in your symptoms right away, and that’s normal. This doesn’t mean the therapy won’t work for you. It takes time for your body to respond to the therapy. For some individuals, results aren’t obvious until the twelfth session. Remember, the therapy may take time to work. Stick with it.


WHY DOESN’T THIS THERAPY WORK IMMEDIATELY?

For such a simple organ, the bladder is complicated. To work properly, it requires the coordination of several parts of the brain and both voluntary and involuntary muscle movement. While it’s not clear what causes overactive bladder (OAB) in the first place, research suggests that OAB is linked with poor brain-bladder communication.1 PTNM is thought to restore* these lines of central nervous system communication. But it can only do so gradually.


KEY POINTS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS

  • Over time, people may forget how they felt before the treatment started. Download the weekly tracker to record your loved one’s progress over the 12 weeks — keeping detailed notes can help gauge the results of treatment.
  • Every week write down notes about symptoms and any changes, as well as tracking leaks, voids, and pads used. These notes should be reviewed with the clinician at each visit.
  • It’s important to remember, the therapy takes time to work. For some individuals, results aren’t obvious until the twelfth session.

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Restored bladder function is defined as a measurable reduction in urinary frequency and/or urinary incontinence episodes following PTNM treatment.


1

Leng WW, Morrisroe SN. Sacral nerve stimulation for the overactive bladder. Urol Clin N Am. 2006;33:491-501.