You’re not alone. Bladder and bowel problems like incontinence, retention, frequency/urgency, and more can disrupt your life, your freedom, and your confidence. Even when medications may fail, have hope: life-changing therapies are out there.
One in 6 adults suffers from overactive bladder symptoms.1 One in 12 adults suffers from bowel incontinence.2,3
When your body is functioning properly, nerves signal your brain when your bladder or rectum are full and need to empty. When you experience troublesome symptoms, there may be a disruption in the communication between your brain and your bladder or bowel.4,5 Targeting this communication may help restore* function.5-7
We have been able to go hiking, we have been able to go do things as a family, we have been able to really have a normal life again.– Shamay B., Nonobstructive urinary retention patient treated by the rechargeable InterStim™ Micro system
Restoration of function is defined as a 50 percent or greater reduction in your troublesome bladder or bowel symptoms from baseline.
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