Urge Incontinence and Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder is a problem with bladder-storage function that causes a sudden urge to urinate. The urge may be difficult to stop, and overactive bladder may lead to the involuntary loss of urine (incontinence).

If you have an overactive bladder, you may feel embarrassed, isolate yourself, or limit your work and social life. The good news is that a brief evaluation can determine whether there’s a cause for your overactive bladder symptoms. Available treatments may greatly reduce or eliminate the symptoms and help you manage their effect on your daily life.

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About Sacral Nerve Stimulation

If you’ve tried other treatments without relief, you may want to consider a trial assessment for sacral nerve stimulation. It has been used to treat more than 50,000 people worldwide since 1994.

What Is It?

The InterStim® neurostimulator is a surgically implanted device that stimulates your sacral nerve with mild electrical pulses. The sacral nerve controls your bladder and the muscles related to urinary function.

To help discover if sacral nerve stimulation will work for you, Medtronic has created a trial assessment. You and your doctor can try sacral nerve stimulation without making a big commitment. The trial assessment involves placement of a thin wire worn in your back. The wire is connected to a small stimulator, which you’ll wear on a belt. The stimulator will send mild electrical pulses through the thin wire to one of your sacral nerves, and those pulses may get your bladder working the way it’s supposed to. During the trial assessment, which typically lasts 3 to 7 days, you can continue many of your daily activities with caution.

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The InterStim neurostimulator is a small implantable device that sends mild electrica l impulses to the sacral nerve. The neurostimulator contains a battery and electronics to create these impulses.

Benefits and Risks

Sacral nerve stimulation may offer several benefits, including freedom from the embarrassment of leaks, and more restful sleep without waking to urinate. Side effects may include pain, skin irritation, infection, device problems, and lead movement. These conditions were generally resolved in a clinical study.

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