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What Is Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy?

Overactive Bladder


Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy (Sacral Neuromodulation, delivered by the InterStim™ System) received its CE mark in 1994 for the treatment of chronic intractable functional disorders of the pelvis, lower urinary and intestinal tract.  Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy is not intended for patients with a urinary blockage.

How It Works

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 are miscommunicating, the nerves can't tell the bladder to function properly.

Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy modulates the sacral nerves with mild electrical pulses. This helps the brain and the nerves to communicate so the bladder and related muscles can function properly.

Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy may help you resume normal activities and help you avoid frustrating or embarrassing experiences associated with overactive bladder.

Test It Out

After talking with your doctor to see if Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy is right for you, you and your doctor may decide to test the therapy to see if it works for you. 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.

Learn more about the evaluation

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.