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A: This therapy targets the nerves that control your bladder to help it function normally again.
A: Medtronic bladder control therapy delivered by the InterStim™ system restores* bladder function by gently stimulating the sacral nerves.
A: It's thought that bladder control problems are caused by miscommunication between the brain and the sacral nerves, which control the bladder and muscles involved in urination.1
A: With this therapy, you may experience fewer trips to the bathroom, fewer accidents, and more confidence as you get back to the activities you enjoy.2
A: Implanting an InterStimTM system has risks similar to any surgical procedure, including swelling, bruising, bleeding, and infection. Talk with your doctor about ways to minimize these risks.
A: No. It can be effective, but it's not a cure. If the neurostimulator is turned off or removed, symptoms can return.
A: This therapy significantly reduced symptoms of OAB and non-obstructive urinary retention in people treated for 5 years.†,3,4 Your experience may be different.
A: Most people describe it as a slight pulling, tingling, or fluttering sensation in the pelvic area. It should not be painful.
A: You can try it before you decide, and it’s reversible if you change your mind later. It is clinically superior to oral medication.†,2 And unlike injections, it doesn’t require self-catheterization or repeated treatment visits.
A: Getting an MRI head scan may be possible under specific conditions.
A: Since its approval in 1997, InterStimTM therapy has been used to treat bladder control problems in hundreds of thousands of patients around the world.
A: Medicare and many private insurance companies cover this therapy. Talk to your doctor to learn more about your insurance coverage.
With the InterStimTM system, restored bladder function is defined as a 50% or greater reduction in your troublesome bladder symptoms.
The most common adverse events experienced during clinical studies included pain at implant sites, new pain, lead migration, infection, technical or device problems, adverse change in bowel or voiding function, and undesirable stimulation or sensations. Any of these may require additional surgery or cause return of symptoms.
Leng WW, Morrisroe SN. Sacral nerve stimulation for the overactive bladder. Urol Clin N Am. 2006;33:491–501.
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
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.
Medtronic InterStim Clinical Data Summary (2018)
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