Sacral Neuromodulation (also known as Sacral Nerve Stimulation) is a safe and effective treatment for people suffering from urinary and fecal disorders supported by many peer-reviewed clinical studies1. It is recommended by the American Urology Association (AUA) and the European Association of Urology (EAU) for the treatment of Overactive Bladder. Sacral Neuromodulation is also strongly recommended by the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) for the treatment of Fecal Incontinence.
Who can benefit from Sacral Neuromodulation?
Sacral Neuromodulation is indicated for patients who have failed conservative treatments such as lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, or medications. Those options are often associated with lack of efficacy or significant side-effects. There is an estimated 3 million patients in need for an alternative solution for their symptoms. Sacral Neuromodulation is a long-lasting therapy that might provide significant benefit to this population. Over 200,000 patients have already benefited from Sacral Neuromodulation worldwide.
How efficacious is Sacral Neuromodulation?
Sacral Neuromodulation has been reported to provide over 50% reduction in voids or leaks per day in 2/3 of patients suffering from Overactive Bladder, and a complete cure of leaks in 1/3 patients suffering from Urinary Incontinence2. It is the only treatment for Overactive Bladder that has objectively demonstrated superior efficacy to drugs2. Sacral Neuromodulation is also the only approved therapy that can treat both urinary and fecal symptoms with a single solution.
How does Sacral Neuromodulation work?
Sensations such as bladder or rectum fullness are messages carried out through nerves between muscles of the pelvis area and the brain. Overactive Bladder and Fecal Incontinence are caused by incorrect messages which trigger a frequent and urgent need to go to the bathroom sometimes associated with leakage.
Sacral Neuromodulation uses mild electrical pulses to stimulate the sacral nerves located in the pelvis area to modify their activity and correct erroneous nerve messages.
A lead with 4 electrodes is percutaneously inserted through in the sacrum during a short surgical procedure and subsequently connected to an implantable pulse generator that sits under the skin in the upper buttock area.
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