Sacral Neuromodulation for Relief of Overactive Bladder Symptoms

Sacral NeuromodulationOveractive bladder (OAB) can make life difficult. Between suddenly needing the restroom, interrupted sleep, and even urinary accidents, the symptoms of OAB are frustrating. Fortunately, effective treatment options are available at Minnesota Urology: Axonics Therapy and Medtronic InterStim. 


Understanding OAB

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a bladder condition where there is a sudden, strong urge to urinate.  Often, the urge is so strong that you can’t reach the bathroom before an accident occurs. Normally, nerves that control the muscles in the bladder tell it to contract when you are ready to urinate. With OAB, those nerves signal the muscles to contract when you’re unprepared. 


Sacral Neuromodulation for Overactive Bladder

Sacral neuromodulation therapy helps to regulate the nerves that control bladder function. A tiny implant sends an electronic signal to the sacral nerves, allowing them to work correctly again. Two different FDA-approved sacral neuromodulation devices are commonly used – Axonics Therapy and InterStim.


How Sacral Neuromodultion Works

Before the device is surgically implanted, a trial phase is performed with a temporary device. If the device works well to control your symptoms, it’s permanently implanted. The device can be customized using a remote control, allowing you and your doctor to tailor your treatment. 

Both brands offer two versions of the device: A miniature version that needs to be charged at regular intervals and a slightly larger version that must be replaced in about 20 years. 


Benefits of Sacral Neuromodulation

The benefits of sacral neuromodulation include:

  1. Minimally Invasive: The devices are small, so only a small incision is necessary. 
  2. Customizable: The device can be programmed to suit your needs and response to therapy. 
  3. Safe for MRI: The device is safe for an MRI if you need to have one in the future. 
  4. Quick Recovery: Because the implant is small, recovery is quick. 
  5. Long-Lasting Therapy: The devices provide effective treatment for up to 20 years.

Locations and Physicians Currently Providing Sacral Neuromodulation

  • Dr. Michael Ehlert – For more information about or to schedule an appointment, please call 51-999-6800.
  • Dr. Jodi Michaels – For more information about or to schedule an appointment, please call 51-999-6800.
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