Overactive bladder (OAB) impacts around 37 million US adults, and bowel (fecal) incontinence impacts 18 million. Sufferers limit their lives, yet, paradoxically, about 45% of sufferers do not seek treatment. Medication can be given, but as many as 7 in 10 stop using it due to bad side effects or poor results.
The InterStim system treats fecal incontinence by using sacral neuromodulation (SNM). It is a proven treatment option for managing fecal incontinence without the side effects or for those who have not found success with other treatments. SNM stimulates the sacral nerves which control the bowel and muscles related to bowel function. If the brain and sacral nerves do not communicate correctly, the nerves cannot tell the bowel to function properly, which can cause bowel control problems. SNM targets this communication problem by stimulating nerves with mild electrical impulses. The impulses are generated by a small, pacemaker-like device surgically implanted under the skin. The device sends impulses to the sacral nerves via a thin, electrode-tipped wire.
We offer patients the choice between a rechargeable or a recharge-free SNM device to best match preferences, lifestyle, and treatment goals. Both are full-body MRI conditional and deliver the same therapy and long-term relief.
A recharge-free device offers patients more freedom. The recharge-free InterStim II is simple, convenient, and offers lower maintenance and time commitments. It also reduces the reminder of the disease.
This rechargeable system is the smallest device on the market with the fastest rechargeability and is stronger than other manufacturers’ batteries. It features proprietary Overdrive™ battery technology — a battery with virtually no loss in capacity over time. The new battery technology allows patients to choose how and when they want to charge their device — from as often as once a week, or as infrequent as once per month, depending on the patient’s preference and device settings. There is no battery fade at 15 years* and patients can restart their therapy after extended breaks in time.
Bladder control problems affect tens of millions of people every day. If you’re one of them, you should speak up.
Does this sound familiar?
- Going more than 8 times a day
- Avoiding social events
- Using pads to control leaks
- OAB is extremely common.
- 1 in 6 adults has OAB, or 37 million adults in the U.S.1,2
- 4.5 out of 10 adults don’t seek help for overactive bladder3
Ignoring OAB Poses Risks
People with undiagnosed OAB reported:3
- 54% loss of confidence
- 49% loss of self-esteem
- 45% loss of intimacy
You Are Not Alone – Find Relief for Bladder Control Problems
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a treatable condition. It’s not a normal part of aging. And you shouldn’t have to deal with it on your own.
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1. Stewart WF, Van Rooyen JB, Cundiff GW, et al. World J Urol. 2003;20(6):327-336.
2. United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2011). World Population Prospects: The 2010 Revision, CD-ROM Edition.
3. Leede Research, “Views on OAB: A Study for the National Association of Continence.” December 16, 2015.
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