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What is sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) surgery for overactive bladder?

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Your doctor puts a pacemaker-like device at the base of your spine. That’s the site of your sacral nerve, which carries signals between your bladder, spinal cord, and brain that tell you when you need to pee. SNS interrupts those signals. You might not be a good candidate for this surgery if you have a nervous system disease. It’s also unclear if it’s safe for pregnant women or children.

Possible side effects include:

The device may also stop working.

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Temporary electric shock-like feeling

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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