The Bladder Control Cure

Be dry in a matter of minutes without pads, pills or accidents

Understanding Your Bladder...

bladdercontrol.pngYour bladder is the organ that collects urine excreted by the kidneys before disposal by urination. It is a hollow, muscular, elastic like organ which sits on the pelvic floor. Urine enters the bladder via the ureters and exits via the urethra.

The detrusor muscle is a layer of the urinary bladder wall made of smooth muscle fibers arranged in spiral, longitudinal, and circular bundles. When the bladder is stretched, this signals the parasympathetic nervous system to contract the detrusor muscle. This encourages the bladder to expel urine through the urethra. For urine to exit the bladder, both the autonomically controlled internal sphincter and the voluntarily controlled external sphincter must be opened. Problems with these muscles can lead to incontinence.

What Is Incontinence?

Urinary Incontinence, also known as 'loss of bladder control' or 'urinary leakage” occurs when urine leaks out before you can get to a bathroom. Some people may lose a few drops of urine when they cough or laugh. Others may feel a sudden urge to urinate and cannot control it. For others, doing activity, such as jogging or lifting can cause an unexpected leak. For most people, it changes their lifestyles and contributes to a decrease in their quality of life.

You Are Not Alone!

More than 13 million Americans, or one out or 11 people, have incontinence. It can affect men and women of all ages, however almost twice as many women are affected.

Age is not the only factor in incontinence. Biological, medical and lifestyle reasons can also lead to bladder control problems.

Incontinence can be caused by anatomic, physiologic and pathologic (diseases) factors. These are only a few of the complications that lead to bladder control issues:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Bladder infections
  • Effects of some medications
  • Chronic constipation
  • Surgery effects
  • Stroke or Multiple Sclerosis
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Nerve damage
  • Obesity
  • Abnormalities of the urinary tract
  • Post pregnancy weakening

The InterStim® Cure

interstim.pngWhat if you could be dry in a matter of minutes, without pills or pads? What if you could sleep through the night without waking for a bathroom trip? What if you never had to plan your day around the nearest restroom?

If you've tried other treatments like diet modifications, biofeedback, and medications, and still experience bladder control problems, you may be relieved to hear about another option: InterStim® Therapy. This FDA approved treatment can eliminate or greatly reduce bladder control symptoms for people suffering from urge incontinence, urgency-frequency, urinary retention problems and even Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). With InterStim®, you can return to the life you once enjoyed: taking long walks, seeing movies at the theater, sleeping through the night, traveling, and most importantly, just feeling comfortable in the daily activities of life.

How Does InterStim® Work?

bladder.pngInterStim® uses a small innovative and implantable neurostimulator to send mild electrical pulses to a nerve located just above the tail bone. These nerves are called sacral nerves. The sacral nerves activate or inhibited muscles and organs that contribute to urinary control- the bladder, sphincter and pelvic floor muscles. This stimulation facilitates the communication between the brain and bladder, and can relieve the symptoms of urinary retention or symptoms of overactive bladder. Think of it as a pacemaker for your bladder.

How To Know if InterStim® Will Work for You?

During our examination and evaluation we can determine whether you are a candidate for InterStim therapy. If your bladder control problems are not effectively managed by more conservative treatments and you have an otherwise normally functioning urinary system you are a potential candidate.

The InterStim® Trial

The evaluation starts with a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. For the basic evaluation, which uses a temporary lead, Dr. Martin will numb a small area of your upper buttock and insert a thin wire near your sacral nerves, located near the tailbone. The lead is then connected to a small, external neurostimulator that you'll wear on your waistband like a pager. The stimulator generates mild electrical pulses that are carried to the sacral nerve by the lead. The length of the evaluation may vary. Generally, if the temporary lead is used, the evaluation period is 3-7 days. We’ve found a success rate of more than 90% for our InterStim® patients!

The InterStim® Procedure

After the trial, you can schedule to have the InterStim® Pacemaker implanted just under the skin of the upper buttock. No one will ever know it’s there!

A Real Patient Talks About InterStim®