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

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