InterStim Therapy for Bladder Control

Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy Delivered by The InterStim System

The relief you’ve been waiting for:

  • Targets the nerves that control your bladder to help it function normally again
  • 85 percent of people using it achieved success in the first year
  • 3x greater improvements in quality of life compared to medications
  • Only therapy that lets you see if it works before you and your doctor decide
  • More than 225,000 patients have received relief as a safe, FDA-approved and minimally invasive Bladder or Bowel Control Therapy
Implanting an InterStim™ system has risks similar to any surgical procedure, including swelling, bruising, bleeding, and infection. Talk with your doctor about ways to minimize these risks.

 

Bladder Control Therapy Delivered by The InterStim System

Q: What is Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy delivered by the InterStim system?

A: This therapy targets the nerves that control your bladder to help it function normally again.
 
Q: How does it work?
A: Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy delivered by the InterStim™ system restores* bladder function by gently stimulating the sacral nerves.
 
Q: Why does it treat the sacral nerves?
A: It’s thought that bladder control problems are caused by miscommunication between the brain and the sacral nerves, which control the bladder and muscles involved in urination.
 
Q: What are the benefits of this therapy?
A: With this therapy, you may experience fewer tips to the bathroom, fewer accidents, and more confidence as you get back to the activities you enjoy.
 
Q: What are the potential side effects or complications?
A: Implanting an InterStim system has similar to any surgical procedure, including swelling, bruising, bleeding, and infection. Talk with your doctor about ways to minimize these risks.
 
Q: Why is this therapy different from other options?
A: You can try it before you decide, and it’s reversible if you change your mind later. It is clinically superior to oral medication and unlike injections, it doesn’t require self-catheterization or repeated treatment visits.
 
Q: How long does the relief last?
A: This therapy significantly reduced symptoms of OAB and non-obstructive urinary retention in people treated for 5 years. Your experience may be different.
 
Q: Will this therapy cure my condition?
A: No. It can be effective, but it’s not a cure. If the neurostimulator is turned off or removed, symptoms can return.
 
Q: What does the stimulation feel like?
A: Most people describe it as a slight pulling, tingling, or fluttering sensation in the pelvic area. It should not be painful. Stimulation settings can be adjusted, and sensations will vary from person to person.
 
Q: Can I get an MRI when I receive this therapy?
A: Getting an MRI head scan may be possible under specific conditions. For more information, talk with your doctor.
 
Q: Will insurance cover the costs?
A: Medicare and many private insurance companies cover this therapy. Talk to your doctor to learn more about your insurance coverage.
 
Q: How long has this therapy been around?
A: Since its approval in 1997, InterStim therapy has been used to treat bladder control problems in hundreds of thousands of patients around the world.