This quick video covers everything you need to know, including how to adjust your stimulation and change programs as directed by your clinician.*
A: People with an InterStim™ system can have a full-body MRI scan under certain conditions. Your healthcare provider will determine whether you meet those conditions when you’re implanted.
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™ systems are 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 Medtronic Patient Registration at 800-510-6735, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT.
The steps are easy to follow. Just place the recharger in the belt so the “bullseye” designs match. Turn on the recharger. Adjust the belt so the recharger is over your neurostimulator. Listen for two rising tones. Recharging starts automatically and lasts about 20 minutes if done weekly.† For more details, look in your therapy guide or watch the recharging video above.
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; see approved labeling for details.
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