What is sacral neuromodulation?
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 can now last up to about 15 years and is compatible with most types of MRIs. This has allowed more patients to benefit from the procedure.
How it works
Sacral Neuromodulation Therapy modulates the sacral nerves, located near the tailbone, with a mild electrical pulse. 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 is a reversible treatment that can be discontinued at any time by turning off or removing the device. It may help you resume normal activities and help you avoid frustrating or embarrassing experiences associated with overactive bladder.
Test it out
Talk to your doctor to see if Sacral Neuromodulation Therapy is right for you. If you decide to try the treatment you will go through an evaluation that 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.