Living With a Neurostimulator

People with a Medtronic InterStimTM neurostimulator have been able to do things they were not able to do before – take long walks through the park, see movies at the theater, or travel. While it may take a while to adjust to the device, you should be able to resume normal activities soon.

Daily Living – InterStimTM Neurostimulator

Sacral nerve stimulation may allow you to enjoy freedom from frustrating and embarrassing accidents.

Appearance

Your doctor will put the InterStimTM neurostimulator where it is most comfortable and looks the best. It usually will not show through clothing. Depending on your body build, the neurostimulator pocket may show as a small bulge under your skin.

Bathroom Visits

People with sacral nerve stimulation have reported an improved quality of life and the freedom to live without a worry of leaks. The neurostimulator is designed to help reduce or eliminate your symptoms, which means you can worry less about making it to the bathroom on time or being near a bathroom every moment of your day.

Travel

Please ask your doctor if you have any concerns about travelling with your device. Your neurostimulator may set off the metal detector at the airport or theft detectors in retail stores. You will receive an ID card that you can present to security personnel to document that you have an implanted neurostimulator.

Exercise and Physical Activities

In general, the neurostimulator will not limit any of your activities. However, you should talk to your doctor about performing any strenuous activities such as heavy lifting or vigorous exercise, especially right after the surgery.

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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