InterStim treatment for overactive bladder has low rate of serious complications, according to new study

Posted by David J. Cahn, MD on September 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Have you been considering InterStim therapy to treat your overactive bladder but you are worried about complications from the device or the surgery? In a new study looking at 272 patients who received InterStim therapy for overactive bladder, the rate of adverse effects (AE) was much lower than in past studies.

The study found that 30 percent of patients had some level of adverse effects, but just one had a complication considered serious. The most common side effects were an undesirable change in stimulation and device site pain, most of which occurred in the first three months after surgery.

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Tags: InterStim therapy, Overactive Bladder, Sacral nerve stimulation, Neuromodulation

How will an InterStim device change my life?

Posted by David J. Cahn, MD on August 2, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Having an InterStim device implanted often changes a patient’s life – for the better. In many patients, the response is truly dramatic. They can stop taking all bladder control medications – and start enjoying activities like long walks, and travel, again.

The device provides targeted, continual therapy for overactive bladder symptoms, including urinary incontinence, stress incontinence and sudden, uncontrollable urges to urinate. It is a solution for patients for whom medications haven’t worked, or who can’t tolerate the side effects of medications.

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Tags: Stress Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence, InterStim therapy, Overactive Bladder, percutaneous nerve stimulation

How Does Interstim® Therapy for Overactive Bladder Work?

Posted by David J. Cahn, MD on July 20, 2016 at 4:19 PM

If conventional therapies for overactive bladder have not worked for you, and your bladder is still ruling your life, it might be time to consider InterStim therapy.

Overactive bladder symptoms—which include urinary incontinence, stress incontinence, frequent and urgent need to urinate, as well as problems emptying the bladder ---are treatable. Medications for overactive bladder generally work, but they are not targeted, and they have side effects, such as dry mouth, blurry vision, foggy thinking, and constipation.

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Tags: Overactive Bladder, InterStim therapy

Who is a candidate for InterStim therapy for overactive bladder?

Posted by David J. Cahn, MD on July 7, 2016 at 11:39 AM

About 37 million adults in the United States have one or more symptoms of overactive bladder – a sudden uncontrollable urge to urinate, urinary incontinence, frequent need to urinate, leakage, or even getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.

For many of those patients, medications work. But mediations are not targeted, and they do have side effects, which can include dry mouth, blurry vision, foggy thinking, and constipation.

And there are people for whom the medications don’t work or don’t work sufficiently.

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Tags: Overactive Bladder, InterStim therapy, Urinary Incontinence, Stress Incontinence

InterStim: Permanent, pain-free relief from overactive bladder symptoms

Posted by Foothills Urology on May 18, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Foothills Urology’s Dr. David J. Cahn is a leader in the implantation of the InterStim System, which uses mild electrical stimulation -- much like that of a pacemaker – to treat symptoms of overactive bladder. Foothills Urology is one of a handful of practices in the Denver and Boulder areas to offer the InterStim System; since 2002, Dr. Cahn has implanted hundreds of the devices.

More than 37 million adults in the United States – one in six—suffer from overactive bladder, which includes urinary urge incontinence (leaking), frequent urges to urinate, and bladder emptying problems. Women are twice as likely as men to experience urinary incontinence, and it is more common among older women. Although many of those with overactive bladder symptoms struggle with everyday activities, the condition may go undiagnosed for years because patients fear humiliation when discussing it. In fact, only one in eight Americans who have loss of bladder control has been diagnosed.

The good news is that when diagnosed, the symptoms of overactive bladder are highly treatable. However, for some people medications for overactive bladder don’t work, or produce unwanted side effects. For those patients, the InterStim System may be the answer.

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Tags: Overactive Bladder, InterStim therapy