Tibial Nerve Stimulation
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This treatment utilizes a nerve that runs along the leg and down to the ankle. For this treatment, the patient sits upright in a chair with their leg elevated. An electrode needle is injected just above the ankle of the patient, and it causes pulses that run along the tibial nerve to the spine to the nerves that control bladder functionality.
The treatment is done in approximately 12 sessions that last 30 minutes apiece. These 12 sessions are scheduled weekly. Patients describe a slight sensation through the ankle, foot, and even the toes, but are otherwise relaxed and comfortable throughout the sessions. Patients can go about their day without any downtime and they are scheduled for their next appointment before they leave the practice.
There are very few risks associated with Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation, but they include discomfort and pain near the site of injection or redness. This will go away with time. Patients who should not undergo this particular treatment are those with:
- High risk of excessive bleeding
- Implanted defibrillators
- Nerve damage
- Pregnancy or who may become pregnant during scheduled treatments