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What is InterStim?
InterStim has been FDA-approved since 1997 for urge incontinence and since 1999 for urinary retention and significant symptoms of urgency/frequency. It was approved in 2011 for fecal incontinence. Over 300,000 people worldwide have received InterStim therapy.
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.
InterStim 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.
InterStim 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.