InterStim™ Therapy is an FDA-approved treatment for overactive bladder and urinary retention. A small implantable neurotransmitter device is implanted that sends electrical impulses to nerves (sacral nerves) in the lower back. These nerves are then stimulated gently to decrease the symptoms of OAB. This proven treatment is for people who have not had success with traditional bladder control treatments such as medication and physical therapy.
There is a short trial period of 3-7 days to see if InterStim™ is right for you. Patients are fitted with an external device. During your trial period, you will keep track of your urinary symptoms in a bladder diary. If your symptoms are significantly reduced or eliminated during the testing period, you may benefit from implantation of the InterStim™ device.
InterStim™ placement is a quick outpatient procedure and usually takes between 20-30 mins to complete.