InterStim Sacral Neuromodulation
Urinary frequency, urgency, and urge urinary incontenince that does not respond to medical therapy may be treated with InterStim Neuromodulation. Your urologist at Charleston Area Medical Center will help you decide if this is a good treatment approach for you.
InterStim therapy modulates the nerves that control your bladder through an implantable device. As part of the InterStim evaluation, a thin, temporary wire is placed near your sacral nerves. This will be done either in the office or at the outpatient surgery center. The evaluation will last 3 to 7 days, during which time you will be asked to track your urinary symptoms with a voiding diary. You and your urologist can then decide if you want to proceed with InterStim implantation.
Following the procedure
- Restrict activities such as stretching and lifting heavy objects, for 4-6 weeks following surgery to minimize the possibility of lead displacement
- Avoid physical activities that may damage the implant site or the implanted neurostimulator or dislodge parts of the system.
- Continue to follow up with your urologist regularly to ensure optimal outcomes
- Notify your urologist if you experience increased pain, skin irritation, or undesirable changes in urine or bowel function.