A: You can have an MRI head scan* only. An MRI of anything other than the head is not recommended.
A: Most routine medical tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, and diagnostic ultrasounds, should not affect your therapy.
A: At the airport, show your patient ID card and ask to bypass the security system or undergo a manual search. If you must walk through the system, turn off your therapy first.
A: Yes, it is recommended that you turn off your therapy when driving a vehicle. You do not need to turn off therapy if you are a passenger.
A: Most people describe the stimulation as a “pulling” or “tingling.” It should never be painful. Your stimulation is also adjustable. Follow the instructions in your patient therapy guide if you need to increase or decrease your stimulation.
A: The InterStim™ system is not a cure, but you can expect the therapy to reduce your symptoms by 50% or more. If you feel like your relief has changed, use your programmer to make sure your therapy is turned on, and an adjustment in stimulation is not needed. If your relief does not improve, track your symptoms on a diary, and make an appointment to review them with your doctor.
A: If you lose your patient ID card, request a new one by calling (800) 551-5544, between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.
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1.5T head scan MRI only, under specific conditions. Consult your doctor for more information.
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