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 trips 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 is 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.