How Sacral Neuromodulation Can Help Overactive Bladder
The medical condition known as overactive bladder is a common affliction that affects a significant number of individuals worldwide. It is characterized by an uncontrollable, sudden, and intense urge to urinate, even though the bladder is not full. This condition can be extremely inconvenient and embarrassing, and it can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life.
Fortunately, many different treatments are available for overactive bladder. These treatment options include supplements, medications, kegel exercises, pelvic floor physical therapy, tibial nerve stimulation (“acupuncture”), botox bladder injections, and sacral neuromodulation.
Sacral neuromodulation is a highly effective procedure that involves the implantation of a small device that sends mild electrical impulses to the sacral nerves that control the bladder. These impulses help regulate nerve activity and reduce the symptoms associated with overactive bladder. It works similarly as a pacemaker for your heart, which essentially tells the muscles when to squeeze and contract.
This minimally invasive procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis and involves implanting the device under the skin in the lower back or buttock area. Once the device is implanted, it is connected to a small external battery pack that the patient can adjust using a handheld device. Patients can also turn off or remove the device if necessary.
This procedure is done in an operating room setting for a sterile environment.
Is Sacral Neuromodulation Right For Me?
Numerous clinical trials have demonstrated that sacral neuromodulation is a highly effective treatment for overactive bladder. However, it is important to note that there are risks associated with the surgery and the use of the device. Therefore, it is essential to discuss the risks and benefits of sacral neuromodulation with your doctor before considering it as a treatment option. They can help you determine if the procedure is right for you and provide you with more information about what to expect during and after the surgery.
In conclusion, sacral neuromodulation is a highly effective and promising treatment for overactive bladder. It can significantly improve the quality of life for those who suffer from this condition. With careful consideration and proper evaluation, it may be the right choice for you.
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Interested in finding out if sacral neuromodulation may be the right choice for you? If you are struggling with overactive bladder symptoms and want to learn more about your treatment choices, schedule an appointment today! Call our office directly today to book an appointment with the Peter M. Lotze, MD team. We have offices located in Houston, Texas, and in The Woodlands, Texas, and we also offer virtual visit appointments.