Bladder Control

Bladder Control


InterStim® Therapy for Bladder Control

It is believed that one possible cause of overactive bladder is miscommunication between the brain and the sacral nerves. When the brain and sacral nerves don’t communicate correctly, the nerves will not tell the bladder to function correctly, which can cause bladder control problems.

What Is InterStim® Therapy?

With sacral neuromodulation InterStim II, a small device, just a little bit bigger than a 2 euro coin, is surgically implanted to stimulate your sacral nerves with mild electrical pulses. The sacral nerves control your bladder and bowel. InterStim therapy is used to treat overactive bladder, urinary retention, fecal incontinence and constipation. If you have not experienced success with more standard treatments, this reversible treatment may be a good option for you.

How It works

The sacral nerves control your bladder, your bowel, your rectum and the muscles related to urinary and anal functions. By stimulating these nerves with a mild electric current, the neurostimulator helps your bowel, rectum and bladder to work as they should.

About The InterStim Therapy system

The InterStim Therapy system consists of:

  • The implantable neurostimulator, which is like a pacemaker, implanted under the skin
  • A thin wire that carries the mild electrical pulses to the nerves controlling the pelvic floor, including the bowel and the bladder
  • A hand-held patient programmer that allows you to adjust the strength of the stimulation and to turn the system on or off.

Sacral neuromodulation may help you to regain control and avoid the embarrassment and frustration of bladder and bowel problems.