Treatment Options for Overactive Bladder

There are several treatment options for overactive bladder, including Medtronic’s innovative InterStimTM neurostimulator. It’s been used to treat more than 50,000 people worldwide since 1994. If your life has been disrupted by bladder problems and other treatments have not worked for you or have caused intolerable side effects, talk to your doctor about how you can get back to normal.

Behavioural Techniques

Some people can reduce the symptoms of bladder control problems with healthy lifestyle habits, diet modification, biofeedback, bladder retraining, and pelvic muscle exercises.


Medications may be prescribed by your doctor to help control the symptoms of your bladder control problem. The various types of medications used for bladder control problems focus on the muscles associated with bladder function.

Sacral Nerve Stimulation

Doctors may recommend sacral nerve stimulation for those people who have failed or could not tolerate more conservative treatments. This reversible treatment uses a small implanted neurostimulator to send mild electrical pulses to the sacral nerve to reduce symptoms.

Permanent Surgical Procedures

In some cases, people choose bladder augmentation (changing bladder size), bladder denervation (cutting or excising part of a nerve), or bladder removal to treat their bladder control problems.

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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