Urology located in Jacksonville, FL & Jacksonville Beach, FL
Difficulty with bladder control is an embarrassing problem that prevents many women from participating in the activities they enjoy. The skilled urologists at Kasraeian Urology can help with InterStim® therapy, an innovative technology from Medtronic that can improve the symptoms of an overactive bladder. Kasraeian Urology has two clinics in Jacksonville, Florida, and one in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. To learn more about how InterStim therapy can help with bladder control, call the clinic nearest you.
InterStim Q & A
What’s overactive bladder?
When you have overactive bladder, sometimes called urge urinary incontinence, you experience a sudden and intense urge to urinate. You might not be able to prevent yourself from releasing your urine.
What causes overactive bladder?
Overactive bladder occurs when the muscles of your bladder contract involuntarily, even when your bladder isn’t full. This contraction creates an immediate urge to urinate.
Several conditions are known to contribute to overactive bladder, including:
- Neurological disorders
- Certain medications
- Incomplete emptying of the bladder
- Bladder abnormalities or growths
Aging is also associated with overactive bladder. Neurological function declines as you age, making it more difficult for your bladder to receive the nerve signals from your brain that control urination.
What’s InterStim therapy?
InterStim therapy uses electrical stimulation to modulate signals along the nerve pathways involved in urination. InterStim is an implantable device that gently stimulates the sacral nerve. This nerve then sends signals to your bladder muscles that help you regain control of urination.
What are the benefits of InterStim?
InterStim therapy offers the following benefits:
- It reduces urgency
- It reduces frequency
- It reduces accidents
- It’s a reversible procedure
InterStim is more effective than most oral medications and doesn’t require self-catheterization or self-injection.
Am I a good candidate for InterStim?
You might be a candidate for the InterStim system if the symptoms of overactive bladder are causing difficulties in your daily activities and you’ve tried lifestyle changes and oral medications without success.
If the skilled urologists at Kasraeian Urology determine that you’re a good candidate for InterStim, you’ll undergo a trial period to see if the device is effective for your individual needs.
During this trial, the InterStim device is worn on your clothing for up to two weeks rather than implanted under your skin. If InterStim therapy improves your bladder control, you can then choose to have the device implanted in a simple in-office procedure.
The InterStim device can be deactivated while implanted or removed at any time.
To learn more or to find out if InterStim is right for you, schedule a consultation at Kasraeian Urology today. Call the clinic nearest you to make an appointment today.