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Medtronic sacral neuromodulation
A pacemaker for bladder function can relieve urinary urgency and leakage problems in women whose overactive bladders have not responded to conventional therapies, significantly improving quality of life.
Those that have not had success with therapies such as pelvic floor muscle exercises, changes in fluid intake, or drugs to regulate bladder muscle hyperactivity can benefit from the InterStim® unit.
The procedure is usually conducted in two stages and is performed as an outpatient procedure. Patients are given a mild sedative in the first stage when surgeons use a needle to locate a nerve that runs from the base of the spine to the bladder. A small electrode is mounted near the nerve and connected to a pacemaker that is worn on a belt outside the patient’s body. For around two weeks, the patient wears the device, which sends mild electrical pulses to the nerve that helps regulate irregular bladder function.
If the pacing helps the patient’s symptoms, the system is permanently implanted in one of the patient’s buttocks, where it can be comfortable for as long as it’s required. The system is entirely reversible and can be turned off at any time without causing permanent nerve damage.
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Since antidepressants and bladder retraining with pelvic floor physiotherapy have failed to control symptoms, sacral neuromodulation (SNM) is considered a third-line treatment for patients with overactive bladder (OAB).
When patients have not responded to or tolerated at least two of the newer drugs available for OAB symptoms, they are known to have “refractory” symptoms (i.e. symptoms that are not responding well to the initial treatments for OAB).
Neuromodulation therapy involves sending small electrical signals to nerves to alter their function. Sacral neuromodulation (SNM) alters the function of the sacral nerves (which originate in the tailbone area). These nerves relay messages from the spinal cord to the bladder, and in OAB, their nerve signals are interrupted. Sacral neuromodulation (SNM) helps to alleviate OAB symptoms by interrupting irregular signals.
The InterStim® system (manufactured by Medtronic®) is used in the most widely studied method of sacral neuromodulation (SNM). InterStim® modifies irregular reflexes in the sacral and pelvic nerves that supply the bladder and pelvic floor, as well as abnormal connections between the brain and bladder, by sending an electrical message to the sacral nerves.
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The bladder is regulated by the brain, which sends electrical signals down nerve pathways that pass from the brain to the spinal cord and then through the sacral region of the lower back. The pelvic floor, bladder, and urinary control muscles are all regulated by the sacral nerves. Bladder sensations (such as fullness) are also transmitted to the brain through these nerves. Sacral neuromodulation aims to correct signals received by these nerve pathways that are improper, unwanted, or even wrong.
SNM stimulates the sacral nerve, which is situated near the tailbone and regulates the bladder and other muscles involved in urinary function, with mild electrical pulses. The buttocks are surgically implanted with a pulse generator unit the size of a stopwatch. The pulses are transmitted via an insulated wire called a ‘lead,’ which is also inserted under the skin near the sacral nerve.
The first stage of SNM is the testing phase, and the second stage is the implant phase. Patients will have a one to two week trial period before determining whether or not to have a permanent device inserted in them during the testing process. The implant stage is then performed if the bladder symptoms improve. The research lead is automatically omitted if this is not the case.
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Advanced Interstim (nerve stimulation) is a great therapy for permanently resolving overactive bladder (OAB). It is performed as an outpatient procedure in our state-of-the-art surgery centers with excellent results. Advanced Urology is home to the world’s only Medtronic Center of Excellence. We are the best when it comes to repairing OAB. Most importantly, we are willing to assist you.
Medicines often fail to function and have several side effects. Running to the toilet or needing to wear diapers all of the time is bad for your health and quality of life. Urinary control is something we know a lot about.
Advanced Interstim is a patented technique that uses Medtronic’s Sacral Nerve Stimulation (or Interstim) technology to achieve the best results with the fewest side effects. It’s equivalent to having a small pacemaker or nerve stimulator inserted in your bladder. To specifically repair the root cause of overactive bladder, we use advanced technologies and 3D geospatial imaging. This millimeter-level precision increases results while reducing side effects. Urologists from all over the world visit Advanced to learn from our knowledgeable staff.