Bladder Control Therapy in Charleston, SC
The urologists at Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC are skilled in the placement of the InterStim® bladder neuromodulation device. This treatment is often used in cases of overactive bladder. Our urologist in Charleston will place a small electrical wire through your skin into the lower portion of your pelvic bone, or sacrum. The wire delivers a small electrical charge to the nerve that comes from your bladder. The electrical stimulation of this nerve often relieves the overactive bladder.
Typically the procedure consists of two parts. The first step is often nerve evaluation. The Urologist will place a small needle into the pelvic bone and connect it to a wire that passes through the skin. The wire connects to an electrical device. The patient wears the device for a few days and then returns to the Urologist to discuss the results. If the device has caused the bladder to be less overactive the Urologist will place a more permanent device.
Low-level electrical stimulation to the nerve that comes from the bladder to the spinal cords has been shown to decrease the overactive nature of the bladder significantly. Approximately 70% of InterStim® patients see a significant improvement in their symptoms. Call Lowcountry Urology Clinics today to see if the Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy InterStim® device is right for you!
Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy Delivered by The InterStimTM Systems
Evidence suggests that breakdowns in the bladder-brain communication pathway may be a root cause of OAB and non-obstructive urinary retention.1,2,3 That’s why conventional treatments may not produce the results you want – they don’t directly target this miscommunication. Unlike conventional treatments, the Medtronic InterStim systems gently stimulate the sacral nerves in the pelvic area that control the bladder.4,5 This may help restore* bladder-brain communication and reduce symptoms.
Get more control with the InterStim Systems6,7
- 84% satisfaction among those who use it8
- 3X greater improvements in OAB quality of life9
- 82% of people achieved success† at 5 years6
- Only therapy that lets you see if it works before you and your doctor decide
- More than 375,000 people worldwide have chosen the Medtronic InterStim systems for more control and long-lasting relief6,7
- Recharge-free and rechargeable options let you choose the right device for your lifestyle
In addition to risks related to surgery, complications can include pain at the implant sites, new pain, infection, lead (thin wire) movement/migration, device problems, undesirable changes in urinary or bowel function, and uncomfortable stimulation (sometimes described as a jolting or shocking feeling). Talk with your doctor about ways to minimize these risks.
Is InterStim Right for You?
You may be a good candidate for Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy delivered by the InterStim systems if:
- You have significant OAB symptoms or non-obstructive urinary retention
- You’ve tried lifestyle changes and oral medications
- These therapies haven’t given you the relief you want
Say yes to the test
Take back control with an evaluation for an InterStim system
Unlike other bladder control treatments, this therapy lets you try it first with an evaluation – like a test run, not a long-term commitment.
Here’s how it works:
- The simple test starts at your doctor’s office or an outpatient center.
- A lead (thin wire) is inserted in the upper part of your buttock.
- The lead attaches to a small external device worn discreetly under your clothes.
- Stop, start, or adjust the therapy settings, with an easy-to-use programmer that resembles a smartphone.
- Go about most of your regular activities for 3 to 14 days
- Track your symptoms to see if they improve
Complications can occur with the evaluation, including movement of the wire, technical problems with the device, and some temporary pain. Your doctor or nurse will show you how to use the system and inform you of any activity restrictions and other precautions related to the evaluation.
Get more personalized treatment options
After your test, talk to your doctor about the results. Together, you can choose a powerful and personalized solution for your long-term care. Your evaluation device can be replaced with an implantable device called a neurostimulator during a short, outpatient procedure.
Bladder control therapy has risks similar to any surgical procedure. The most common adverse events experienced during clinical studies include pain at implant sites, new pain, lead migration, infection, technical or device problems, adverse change in bowel or voiding function, and undesirable stimulation or sensations. Any of these may require additional surgery or cause return of symptoms. Discuss these potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
More control starts with our smart programmer
The smart programmer allows you and your healthcare provider to manage your therapy as needed. Unlike previous iterations of our technology that resembled a key fob without a display screen, our Smart Programmer allows you:
- Visibility to check your stimulation level on a clear, easy-to-read screen
- Adjust your stimulation with confidence that its been changed to the setting you intended
- Turn stimulation on or off
- Change therapy programs (as directed by your healthcare provider)
- Activate MRI mode and check MRI eligibility (see more information below)
Medtronic’s proprietary SureScan™ MRI technology is what enables patients to get full-body‡ 1.5 and 3T MRI scans. It is the only sacral neuromodulation system with this SureScan technology. This means:
- Full-body‡ 1.5 and 3T scans
- No impedance checks required prior to MRI scans
- Scans allowed even if you have had out-of-range impedances
- MRI mode is easy to activate or deactivate on Medtronic’s smart programmer without clinician or Medtronic interaction
- Digital display for clear confirmation of MRI mode activation
Access the Medtronic InterStim MRI Brochure to learn about our MRI Center of Excellence and MRI testing lab and for information on how to activate MRI mode on your smart programmer.
*Restored function defined as a 50% or greater reduction in dysfunctional voiding symptoms from baseline
†Numbers reflect completers analysis defined as patients with diary data at baseline and 12 months (n=220). Clinical success was 82% at 12 months using the modified completers analysis (subjects who either had a baseline and 12-month evaluation or withdrew early due to device-related reasons and are considered failures). Success defined as a 50% or greater reduction in your troublesome bladder symptoms.
‡Under certain conditions; see approved labeling for details. Patients with InterStim™ SureScan™ MRI Leads only.
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Schedule Your InterStim Consultation Today
If you have symptoms of an overactive bladder and want to speak with our trusted experts at Lowcountry Urology to see if InterStim is right for you, schedule an appointment today!