Learn how you can try the InterStim™ system before you commit and what it’s like to get the device if you move forward with long-term therapy.
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With the InterStim™ system, you can try the therapy for about a week before you decide whether or not to have a device implanted for long-term care.
During the trial, leads are placed near the nerve that communicates with your bladder and bowel. Our evaluation leads are engineered with advanced coil technology that keeps them in place as you go about your daily activities. You wear a belt with an external device and record your symptoms during the evaluation phase. Based on your results, you and your health care provider will decide next steps.
Complications can occur with the evaluation, including movement of the wire, technical problems with the device, and some temporary pain. Your doctor or nurse will provide you with the information regarding how to operate the test device and inform you of other precautions related to the evaluation and activity restrictions.
Start your InterStim™ evaluation with the support of our MyJourney™ app—your companion for education and symptom tracking. Talk to your doctor to learn more.
Medtronic Ambassadors are people who have volunteered to talk to prospective patients about their personal experience with a specific Medtronic therapy.
The Medtronic Ambassador Program is not intended to offer medical advice or to replace a conversation with a physician. For medical or technical questions, contact your licensed physician or healthcare professional.
Already using the InterStim™ system? Consider volunteering as a patient ambassador.
If your test is successful, you and your health care provider will discuss which InterStim™ system is right for you, based upon your needs and lifestyle.
Smart programmer, communicator
Smart programmer, communicator, recharger, charging dock, recharging belt
A neurostimulator device will be attached to a lead and implanted under the skin. The system will deliver a gentle stimulation to the nerves that help control your bladder and bowel 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.
Once the InterStim™ system is placed, you and your health care provider will work together to adjust your stimulation settings if needed. These adjustments can be made using your smart programmer. Learn more about programming and maintaining your device.
Under certain conditions; see approved labeling for details. Patients with InterStim™ SureScan™ MRI leads only.
Under standard patient therapy settings and appropriate recharger placement.
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.