Your doctor will help you to determine if sacral neuromodulation (InterStim) is right for you. This treatment is designed to reduce bladder and bowel symptoms for people who suffer from overactive bladder, urinary retention, fecal incontinence or constipation.
InterStim may be a good option for people who have not been helped by standard treatments or who could not tolerate them.
To determine if Sacral Neuromodulation therapy can help your bladder and/or bowel problems, an evaluation with the Verify™ Evaluation System can be performed. This procedure uses a small external device, the Verify ENS which is connected to a test lead that is inserted during a simple procedure in your doctor's surgery or operating room. The Verify is controlled by a wireless hand-held device, the Controller.
Throughout the evaluation period, you will keep track of your bladder and/or bowel symptoms in a special diary. If your symptoms are greatly reduced or eliminated during the evaluation period, you may benefit from long-term use of InterStim.
With long-term use, a neurostimulator is implanted under your skin, in your upper buttocks, so that you do not need to wear it on a belt and can resume your regular activities. Your doctor will discuss this operation with you and explain what happens next.
The results of sacral neuromodulation vary from person to person. This treatment option is not a cure for bladder or bowel problems: symptoms will come back if the treatment is stopped for some time. But many people experience a significant benefit both immediately and in the long run.
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