The InterStim® neuromodulator is a small, surgically implanted device that is used to treat the symptoms of an overactive bladder.
Interstim therapy sends mild electrical pulses to the sacral nerves, which lie just above the tailbone and control bladder muscle contractions. The electrical pulses help to correct faulty signals between the bladder and brain and improve the external sphincter tone.
The device sends electrical impulses to stimulate the sacral nerve in the lower back, which directly controls the signals sent between the brain and the bladder and surrounding muscles that manage urinary function.
This stimulation reduces and controls the impulses to urinate. InterStim® therapy dramatically reduces day and nighttime frequency as well as episodes of uncontrollable urgency.
Implanting the InterStim®
InterStim® requires a minimally invasive surgical procedure to implant the device under the skin. The procedure can be done on an outpatient basis in a matter of hours.
Before implanting the permanent device, patients take a trial run to monitor their response to treatment. Once InterStim® is proven as an appropriate therapy for an individual’s needs, the permanent device is implanted. The device typically needs little maintenance or monitoring. After about five years, the batteries in the device die, and we replace the entire device.
Most women experience soreness at the incision site and some discomfort as they adjust to the stimulation of the sacral nerve. After the incision heals, typically within three to six weeks, women can resume their normal activities.
InterStim® is Effective
Studies have shown that after three years, 59 percent of urge incontinent patients continued to have significant improvement, with 46 percent of the patients being completely dry.
As a board-certified practitioner in female pelvic medicine and reproductive surgery with years of training and expertise in performing minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Michael Coyle and his staff at Coyle Institute are highly qualified to offer the InterStim® system. They have seen proven success for women who opt for this innovative treatment.
If you are experiencing frequent and urgent urination or urinary incontinence, call the team at Coyle Institute and schedule a consultation.