DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT BLADDER CONTROL THERAPIES?

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BLADDER CONTROL THERAPY DELIVERED BY THE INTERSTIMTM SYSTEMs

Q: WHAT IS MEDTRONIC BLADDER CONTROL THERAPY DELIVERED BY THE INTERSTIM™ SYSTEMS?

A: This therapy is an implantable device that targets the nerves that control your bladder to help it function normally again.

Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE INTERSTIM™ II AND INTERSTIM™ MICRO SYSTEMS?

A: Both are designed to deliver effective symptom relief through sacral neuromodulation. The InterStim™ II system is a recharge-free device, while the InterStim™ Micro system is rechargeable.

Q: HOW DO THE INTERSTIM™ SYSTEMS WORK?

A: Medtronic bladder control therapy delivered by the InterStim™ systems restores bladder function by gently stimulating the sacral nerves.*

Q: WHY DO THEY TREAT THE SACRAL NERVES?

A: Doctors believe that bladder control problems are caused by miscommunication between the brain and the sacral nerves, which are located in the lower back and control the bladder.1

Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THIS THERAPY?

A: With this therapy, you may experience fewer trips to the bathroom, fewer accidents, and more confidence as you get back to living your way.2

Q: WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OR COMPLICATIONS?

A: Choosing to have an InterStim™ system implanted has risks similar to any surgical procedure, including swelling, bruising, bleeding, and infection. Talk with your doctor about ways to minimize these risks.

Q: WILL THIS THERAPY CURE MY CONDITION?

A: No. It can be effective, but it’s not a cure. If the neurostimulator is turned off or removed, symptoms can return.

Q: HOW LONG DOES THE RELIEF LAST?

A: Everyone's experience of relief is different, so it is difficult to generalize. What we can say is that in a clinical study, our therapy significantly reduced symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB) and non-obstructive urinary retention in people treated for five years.†,3,4

Q: WHAT DOES THE STIMULATION FEEL LIKE?

A: Most people describe it as a slight pulling, tingling, or fluttering sensation in the pelvic area. The stimulation is always adjustable, and should not be painful.

Q: WHY IS THIS THERAPY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER OPTIONS?

A: You can try it before you decide, and it’s reversible if you change your mind later. The InterStim™ II system is clinically superior to oral medication and the InterStim™ Micro system is designed to deliver the same results.†,5 And unlike injections, this therapy doesn’t require self-catheterization or repeated treatment visits.

Q: WILL I BE ABLE TO GET AN MRI WITH THE IMPLANTABLE DEVICE?

A: Yes, you can have a full-body MRI scan under certain conditions. Your clinician can provide more details about these conditions, as well as safety information.

Q: HOW LONG HAS THIS THERAPY BEEN AROUND?

A: Since its approval in 1997, the InterStim™ system has been used to treat bladder control problems in hundreds of thousands of patients around the world.

Q: WILL INSURANCE COVER THE COSTS?

A: Medicare and many private insurance companies cover this therapy. Talk to your doctor to learn more about your insurance coverage.

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RESOURCES

FOR PEOPLE EXPLORING MEDTRONIC BLADDER CONTROL THERAPIES

pdf Bladder Symptom Diary (.pdf)

Record your symptoms to help your doctor understand your condition.

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pdf Doctor Discussion Guide (.pdf)

Starting the conversation can be hard. This guide can help you talk to your doctor more easily.

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pdf Patient Ambassador Program  (.pdf)

Learn more about the Patient Ambassador Program for Medtronic bladder control therapy.

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pdf Medtronic Bladder Control Therapies (.pdf)

Understand your options and decide if one of our therapies is right for you with the patient education brochure.

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With the InterStim™ systems, restored bladder function is defined as a 50% or greater reduction in your troublesome bladder symptoms.

In addition to risks related to surgery, complications can include pain at the implant sites, new pain, infection, lead (thin wire) movement/migration, device problems, undesirable changes in urinary or bowel function, and uncomfortable stimulation (sometimes described as a jolting or shocking feeling).Talk with your doctor about ways to minimize these risks.

Under certain conditions.

1

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

2

Siegel S, Noblett K, Mangel J, et al. Results of a prospective, randomized, multicenter study evaluating sacral neuromodulation with InterStim® Therapy compared to standard medical therapy at 6-months in subjects with mild symptoms of overactive bladder. Neurourol Urodyn. 2015;34:224–230. DOI: 10.1002/nau.22544

3

Siegel S, Noblett K, Mangel J, et al. Five-year follow-up results of a prospective, multicenter study of patients with overactive bladder treated with sacral neuromodulation. The Journal of Urology 2018;Volume 199(1), 229–236.

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Van Kerrebroeck P, et al. Results of sacral neuromodulation therapy for urinary voiding dysfunction: outcomes of a prospective, worldwide clinical study. Journal of Urology. 2007;178:2029-2034.

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Siegel S, Noblett K, Mangel J, et al. Results of a prospective, randomized, multicenter study evaluating sacral neuromodulation with InterStim® Therapy compared to standard medical therapy at 6-months in subjects with mild symptoms of overactive bladder. Neurourol Urodyn. 2015;34:224–230.

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.