Sacral Neuromodulation

Sacral Neuromodulation

So much relief with one small incision.

Sacral Neuromodulation Addresses a Number of Symptoms

  • Urgency
  • Frequency
  • Leakage
  • Retention
  • Fecal Incontinence

Sacral Neuromodulation has developed as one of the emerging treatment option for many women, for a myriad of symptoms.

Before Sacral Neuromodulation, women with incontinence (both bowel and bladder) and overactive bladder were often limited to only medical therapies.

This is a medical device that is simple, and many women see results immediately.

Why do we target the sacral nerve?

The sacral nerves (near the tailbone) control so much of bladder control, and although we can’t pinpoint the exact mechanism, we have learned that targeting the sacral nerves is where women and men see the most benefit. 

What kind of surgery is it?

Performed in less than an hour, Sacral Neuromodulation is performed by a trained urologist. The urologist uses a combination of x – ray and bony landmarks to pinpoint the third sacral nerve with a small lead. That lead is left near the nerve, to control its stimulation. A small battery (the size of an apple watch face) is implanted to power the lead. Externally, a iPhone like device is used to program the lead. Some patients may change their program to see different results, and a trained specialist will be available to assist with programming (no matter how long the  device has been in place!) 

Can I get an MRI with my device?

Yes! Newly implanted devices are generally MRI compatible. Some older model devices may need to be removed or exchanged prior to MRI.