What Is Sacral Neuromoduation?
Sacral Neuromodulation has been FDA-approved since 1997 for urge incontinence and since 1999 for urinary retention and significant symptoms of urgency-frequency. It is also indicated to treat fecal incontinence. There have been recent advances in the therapy. The generator now can last up to about 15 years, and is compatible with most types of MRIs. This has allowed afor more patients to benefit from this procedure.
How It Works
Sacral neuromodulation works with the sacral nerves, located near the tailbone. The sacral nerves control the bladder and muscles related to urinary function. If the brain and sacral nerves are miscommunicating, the nerves can't tell the bladder to function properly.
Sacral Neuromodulation Therapy modulates the sacral nerves with mild electrical pulses. This helps the brain and the nerves to communicate so the bladder and related muscles can function properly.
Sacral Neuromodulation Therapy is a reversible treatment that can be discontinued at any time by turning off or removing the device.
Sacral neuromodulation may help you resume normal activities and help you avoid frustrating or embarrassing experiences associated with overactive bladder.
Test It Out
After talking with your doctor to see if Sacral Neuromodulation is right for you, you may decide to try Sacral Modulation by going through an evaluation. The evaluation generally lasts several days. Before and during the evaluation, you'll be asked to track your symptoms to help determine how well the procedure works for you. Ultimately, about 85% of the people are satisfied with the results.