Sacral Neuromodulation for Bladder Control

Do you experience frequent leaks throughout your day, going before you reach the bathroom or using pads and protective garments just in case? Do you feel frequent, uncontrollable urges to go, up to eight times per day, or feel like your bladder is never empty? You may be suffering from Overactive Bladder (OAB), and you’re in good company! Did you know that an estimated one in six adults has OAB? Fortunately, OAB is a treatable condition and relief is within reach with a minimally invasive procedure which provides sacral neuromodulation or sacral nerve stimulation.

At Aguirre Specialty Care, we offer two different, although similar, FDA-approved advanced bladder control therapies: InterStim™ Therapy and Axonics Therapy. These are both implantable devices that target the nerves controlling your bladder, helping it to function normally again. If medications or lifestyle modifications aren’t working for you, sacral neuromodulation could be a highly effective option for you.

Clinical studies indicate that sacral neuromodulation provides long-term relief for overactive bladder.

Other sacral neuromodulation benefits:

  • Clinically superior to oral medication 
  • Does NOT require self-catheterization or repeated treatment visits
  • Has successfully helped hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide

FAQs: Sacral Neuromodulation for Overactive Bladder (OAB) in Colorado at Aguirre Specialty Care

What exactly do the sacral nerve stimulators do?
This FDA-approved therapy is an implantable device that gently stimulates the sacral nerves which control the bladder, helping it to function normally again.

What are the sacral nerves?
The sacral nerves are located in the lower back and work to control the bladder. Doctors believe that bladder control problems are caused by a miscommunication between sacral nerves and the brain. Stimulating the sacral nerves with InterStim or Axonics Therapy is clinically shown to help improve sacral nerve function and improve OAB symptoms dramatically.

What are the benefits of sacral nerve stimulation treatment for overactive bladder?
With this therapy, you may experience fewer trips to the bathroom, fewer accidents and more confidence as you get back to living a fuller life free from accidents and urgency.

Are there any side effects with sacral nerve stimulation?
Since InterStim and Axonics Therapy are implantable devices, they carry risks similar to any minimally invasive surgical procedure, including swelling and bruising. At Aguirre Specialty Care, Dr. Oscar A. Aguirre is a board-certified pelvic surgeon who understands how to minimize your risk for side effects and maximize your benefits.

Is sacral nerve stimulation a cure for overactive bladder?
No, but it can be a highly effective tool for relieving symptoms! Once the neurostimulator is turned off or removed, symptoms can return which is the reason for a long-lasting implantable device.

Is sacral nerve stimulation painful?
Not at all. Most people describe the feeling of a slight pulling, tingling or fluttering sensation in the pelvic area. The stimulation is always adjustable and should not be painful.

Can I remove the implantable device if I change my mind?
Yes! The sacral nerve implants are reversible and can be removed at any point.

How long has InterStim Therapy been around?
Since its approval in 1997, the InterStim system has been used to treat bladder control problems in hundreds of thousands of patients around the world. In 2011, InterStim Therapy was FDA-approved to treat bowel (fecal) incontinence.

What do patients say about InterStim Therapy?
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How long has Axonics Therapy been around?
Since September 2019. On Sept. 6, 2019, Axonics Sacral Neuromodulation (SNM) was approved by the FDA to treat bowel (fecal) incontinence using mild electrical pulses. On Nov. 13, 2019, Axonics SNM was FDA-approved for urinary control. The Axonics SNM system is a sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) system intended to treat urinary retention and the symptoms of overactive bladder.

How long has Dr. Aguirre been using Axonics Therapy?
In December 2019, Dr. Aguirre was the first surgeon in Colorado to implant the Axonics SNS system. He implanted two devices — one for symptoms of overactive bladder and the other for fecal incontinence. 

What do patients say about Axonics Therapy?
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Will insurance cover my OAB treatment?
Medicare and many private insurance companies cover this therapy. 

How can I get started with sacral nerve stimulation in Colorado at Aguirre Specialty Care?
Our team can’t wait to help you regain your confidence and freedom from overactive bladder. Don’t put off your relief a minute longer! Please call 303-322-0500 or complete our online consultation request form today.