InterStim – Treatment for Urinary Urgency, Frequency, Retention, and Accidental Bowel Leakage
InterStim is an FDA-approved treatment option for chronic bowel incontinence and urinary concerns, such as urgency, frequency, and retention. A sacral neuromodulation device that is implanted during a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, InterStim works by sending small electrical pulses to the sacral nerves, which control the muscles that regulate urinary function.
InterStim is an option for both men and women. It is typically recommended for individuals who are experiencing strong, sudden urges to urinate, as well as frequent urination and/or bladder leakage that is unrelated to physical activity. InterStim is recommended for patients who have tried more conservative therapies, such as medications, that were ineffective or caused bothersome side effects, such as dry mouth or constipation.
For individuals with chronic incontinence, InterStim has been clinically proven to provide a number of benefits, including:
- 66 percent of patients achieved at least a 75 percent improvement in weekly incontinence episodes
- 47 percent of patients achieved complete continence within one year of implantation
- 89 percent of patients were still experiencing clinical success five years after implantation
- All patients, both with and without external anal sphincter defects, showed significant improvements in fecal continence and quality of life
And, before implanting the device, it’s possible to determine how likely it is to produce the desired results for a particular patient. During a short pre-treatment session, a physician can use an external neurostimulator to determine how well a prospective patient’s body responds to the therapy, indicating whether he or she is a good candidate for the treatment. InterStim is the only bowel and bladder control therapy that lets you test before you treat.
At Florida Medical Clinic, we take a patient-centric approach to care, evaluating and recommending a wide range of incontinence treatment options that take into account each patient’s specific needs. If you’d like to consult with one of our experienced physicians regarding InterStim as a treatment for chronic bowel incontinence or urinary retention, contact us today.