What Is Sacral Nerve Stimulation?


The InterStim II neurostimulator for overactive bladder

With sacral nerve stimulation, a small device is surgically implanted to stimulate your sacral nerve with mild electrical pulses. The sacral nerve controls your bladder and the muscles related to urinary function.

Sacral nerve stimulation is used to treat the symptoms of overactive bladder, including urge incontinence, urgency-frequency, and urinary retention. If you have not experienced success with more conservative treatments, this reversible treatment may be a good option.

Sacral nerve stimulation may help you resume normal activities, and avoid frustrating experiences associated with urinary urge incontinence, urgency-frequency, and non-obstructive urinary retention.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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