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How does percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) for overactive bladder (OAB) work?

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Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS). This treatment isn’t surgery. Your doctor inserts a thin needle under the skin of your ankle near the tibial nerve.

A stimulator on the outside of your body sends electrical impulses through the needle to the nerve, and on to other nerves in your spine that control your bladder.

Each PTNS treatment takes about 30 minutes. Usually, you'll have 12 sessions, once a week. You might need more sessions to keep seeing results.

SOURCES:

Bladder & Bowel Community: "Sacral Nerve Stimulation," "Tibial nerve stimulation."

Cleveland Clinic: "Female Incontinence."

Cochrane : "Non-invasive electrical stimulation for overactive bladder in adults."

Current Urology Reports : "Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation: A clinically and cost effective addition to the overactive bladder algorithm of care."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: "Sacral Nerve Stimulation Therapy."

Mayo Clinic: "Urinary incontinence surgery in women: The next step."

Medscape: "Sacral Nerve Stimulation."

Research and Reports in Urology : "Sacral neuromodulation in overactive bladder: a review and current perspectives."

Simon Foundation: "Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS)."

Urology Care Foundation: "Overactive Bladder (OAB): Medical and Surgical Treatments."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Bladder & Bowel Community: "Sacral Nerve Stimulation," "Tibial nerve stimulation."

Cleveland Clinic: "Female Incontinence."

Cochrane : "Non-invasive electrical stimulation for overactive bladder in adults."

Current Urology Reports : "Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation: A clinically and cost effective addition to the overactive bladder algorithm of care."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: "Sacral Nerve Stimulation Therapy."

Mayo Clinic: "Urinary incontinence surgery in women: The next step."

Medscape: "Sacral Nerve Stimulation."

Research and Reports in Urology : "Sacral neuromodulation in overactive bladder: a review and current perspectives."

Simon Foundation: "Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS)."

Urology Care Foundation: "Overactive Bladder (OAB): Medical and Surgical Treatments."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 13, 2018

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