Surgery: What to Expect – Implanting the Neurostimulator

Before the Procedure

Patient instructions differ among doctors. It’s important to follow all your doctor's instructions carefully.

During the Procedure

The neurostimulator is placed in the upper buttock

Detail - The neurostimulator is placed in the upper buttock

Having the InterStimTM system implanted requires a short surgery that is done in an operating room. You will have a small incision in your upper buttock, where your doctor will insert the neurostimulator under your skin. Also, you will have a small incision in your lower back, where a long-term electrode is inserted. The neurostimulator sends the electrical pulses through the thin wire to one of your sacral nerves.

After the Procedure

You may need to restrict your activities after surgery. Talk to your doctor about what is appropriate for you.

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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