InterStim Treatment for Overactive Bladder (OAB) Q&A
InterStim is a medical treatment for overactive bladder that uses a small device placed beneath the skin to create mild electrical impulses in the sacral nerves. By controlling the bladder, one lessens symptoms including urgency, frequency, and leakage. The technique is non-invasive and can be completed without hospitalization. Improvements in bladder control, a decrease in medication need, and overall higher quality of life are all advantages of InterStim. InterStim may be a good option to take into account if you are having problems with symptoms of an overactive bladder. For more information about our InterStim, contact us today or book an appointment if you’re ready to see Dr. Prema Kothandaraman. We have convenient locations to serve you in Arcadia, CA, and Glendale, CA.
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An overactive bladder (OSB) is condition characterized by a frequent and sudden urge to urinate that is often difficult to control. OSB occurs when the muscles of the bladder contract involuntarily despite the volume of urine being held often being low. It’s these involuntary contractions that cause the sudden and urgent need to urinate. While OAB is not a dangerous condition, it can negatively affect the qualities of one’s life as the sufferer will never known when the urge might arise.
At OB-Gyn and Incontinence Center, we provide women with the safe and professional care that they need to treat their OBS. We offer InterStim treatment which can help those with OBS to manage their uncomfortable symptoms, bettering their overall quality of life.
InterStim uses a process known as sacral nerve stimulation therapy, or sacral neuromodulation, to treat the involuntary bladder contractions that are responsible for the symptoms of OAB. During this procedure, a small device is implanted into the body that sends electrical impulses to the sacral nerves in the lower back. By gently stimulating these nerves, it can less the strength and severity of the symptoms associated with OAB.
Before receiving the implant, a trial is done to make sure that InterStim device is the right mode of treatment for you. This trial typically takes place over the course of two weeks and utilizes a temporary InterStim device. The temporary InterStim is similar to the permanent device except it’s not surgically implanted. Bladder control is recorded and monitored over the trial period and, if it goes well, then you’ll be given the option to undergo surgery for permanent InterStim placement.
Once a permanent device has been surgically implanted, you can use a small remote to manipulate sacral nerve stimulation to improve bladder function. Through InterStim, you may find that your symptoms are significantly reduced or have been eliminated completely.
Studies performed by the Journal of Urology have shown that 82% of overactive bladder (OAB) patients achieve improvements by using an InterStim device. 60% of incontinent patients showed at least a 50% reduction in leaks per day, while 71% of those with heavy leaks showed over a 50% reduction of accidents.
Clinical studies show that 45% of patients had no episodes of incontinence after 5 years of treatment.
Once InterStim is implanted and active, you’ll be able to reap the benefits right away. Recovery for surgery typically takes around 3 weeks with gentle activity being possible within 2-3 days following the procedure.
The goal of InterStim therapy to help patients with OAB return to their daily routines without having to carry around the anxiety that the condition can cause. With effective treatment, InterStim helps patients to regain their confidence as they move through life.
Patients can typically return to their day-to-day activities within three weeks following the InterStim procedure. Light activity is usually possible within a few days after surgery.
Overactive bladder will not go away on its own. Without treatment, you may find that your symptoms get worse as the muscles in your bladder continue to weaken. It can also affect pelvic floor tissue, making it thinner which can result in additional unpleasant symptoms.
While an overactive bladder does not typically cause serious health problems, it can take a high emotional toll. Levels of anxiety and depression often worsen, self-esteem may drop, and your quality of life may decease as you find yourself limited by your symptoms. OAB may affect how and when you perform day-to-day activities and interfere with your ability to socialize, work, travel, exercise, be sexually active, and sleep.
At OB-Gyn and Incontinence Center, we understand how disruptive OAB can be to your life which is why our team strives to give you the care and treatment you deserve. If you’re considering InterStim, or are wondering if it’s the right option for you, contact our team of medical professionals today – we would be happy to walk you through the process and schedule you for an appointment. We serve patients from Arcadia CA, Glendale CA, Monrovia CA, Pasadena CA, Los Angeles CA, Burbank CA and surrounding areas.