If you've tried other treatment options and still suffer from bladder control issues, it might be time to consider InterStim® Therapy. InterStim Therapy may be an option for you if:
- You have overactive bladder (urge incontinence, urgency-frequency) or urinary retention (InterStim Therapy is not intended for patients with a urinary blockage)
- You have tried other treatments like fluid and diet modifications, physical therapy and medications
- You have not had success with, or could not tolerate, these treatments.
Talk with your doctor about whether you're a candidate for InterStim Therapy. If your doctor doesn't offer InterStim Therapy, we can help you find a doctor in your area who does.
Are Your Symptoms "Bad Enough" to Need Treatment?
If your bladder control problem has become bothersome and is keeping you from doing the things you want to do, your symptoms really are "bad enough" for you to seek an effective treatment.
- Are you always tired because you get up repeatedly at night to go to the bathroom?
- When you're shopping or dining out, are you always concerned about where the nearest bathroom is?
- Is your bladder causing too many interruptions at work or during meetings?
- Do you turn down invitations to attend events or go on trips because your OAB symptoms make travel difficult?
You owe it to yourself to find out about all the options available to you, and to weigh the pros and cons of each with an open mind.
Are Your Symptoms "Bad Enough" for InterStim Therapy?
If you've not had success with common treatments for bladder control problems, talk with your doctor about whether InterStim Therapy is right for you.
Some people are skeptical about the idea of using a medical device to treat bladder control problems. But similar devices have been used for years to treat many other conditions, from heart problems to chronic pain and Parkinson's disease. Other implanted medical devices such as artificial knees and hips are commonly used to improve quality of life. For the right candidate, InterStim Therapy can also improve quality of life.
Other people are apprehensive about InterStim Therapy when they hear it involves a surgical procedure. But it's important to understand that InterStim Therapy is an outpatient procedure. You usually don't have to stay overnight in the hospital, you don't need general anesthesia, and recovery time is minimal.
In addition to risks related to a surgical procedure, complications from this therapy can occur and may require surgery or cause return of symptoms. For a list of adverse events that have been associated with InterStim Therapy, please refer to the Important Safety Information below. Always discuss risks and benefits of the therapy with your doctor.
Take the Next Step
If OAB medications aren't working or are causing intolerable side effects, take the next step. Talk with your doctor to see if you're a candidate for InterStim Therapy.