InterStim Neuromodulation

Approximately one third of women over the age of 45 have some form of urinary incontinence concern that results in uncontrollable bladder leakage. Incontinence can be an embarrassing topic for many patients, but Dr. Gandhi of Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology encourages his patients to be open and honest about their conditions to seek an effective solution. Incontinence can be treated in many ways, and most patients find relief with non-invasive exercises and treatments such as Kegel exercises and pelvic floor trainers. However, there are times when serious measures may be considered for effective results, such as InterStim neuromodulation.

InterStim neuromodulation is a form of electrical stimulation that has proven to offer dramatic results. When placed, approximately 70 percent of women find that they have significant improvement in their incontinence symptoms.

InterStim is a device that provides electrical stimulation to the nerves to reduce the symptoms associated with an overactive bladder. This device is tested first to determine if it will be helpful for a patient. A procedure is done in which a test wire is placed through the nerves and connected to a small electrical device that is worn and used to stimulate the nerve. This temporary device is used for several days after which the patient returns to the practice. They report to Dr. Gandhi any improvements or changes they may have experienced with their overactive bladder. If there has been a significant, positive change, the patient may proceed with permanent implantation. The device is then placed for long-term use and it provides electronic generation permanently. It is similar in nature to a pacemaker for a cardiac patient, but instead generates electricity to pelvic nerves.

There are few risks or side effects associated with the placement of an InterStim neuromodulator. Patients may experience mild bruising, aching, fluttering sensations from the stimulator, and discharge (bloody or clear) for approximately one week after the implantation. Any concerns can be addressed by contacting Dr. Gandhi to determine if a follow-up visit and examination is necessary after the device has been surgically placed.

If you are considering the use of InterStim neuromodulation to address your overactive bladder, now is the time to contact Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology to learn more about the procedure, and understand how it can help permanently address bladder leakage.

Related Articles