What is Medtronic bladder control therapy delivered by the Interstim™ systems?
This therapy is an implantable device that targets the nerves that control your bladder to help it function normally again.
What is the difference between the Interstim™ ii and Interstim™ micro systems?
Both are designed to deliver effective symptom relief through sacral neuromodulation. The InterStim™ II system is a recharge-free device, while the InterStim™ Micro system is rechargeable.
How do the Interstim™ systems work?
Medtronic bladder control therapy delivered by the InterStim™ systems restores bladder function by gently stimulating the sacral nerves.*
Why do they treat the sacral nerves?
Doctors believe that bladder control problems are caused by miscommunication between the brain and the sacral nerves, which are located in the lower back and control the bladder.
What are the benefits of this therapy?
With this therapy, you may experience fewer trips to the bathroom, fewer accidents, and more confidence as you get back to living your way.
What are the potential side effects or complications?
Choosing to have an InterStim™ system implanted has risks similar to any surgical procedure, including swelling, bruising, bleeding, and infection. Talk with your doctor about ways to minimize these risks.
Will this therapy cure my condition?
No. It can be effective, but it’s not a cure. If the neurostimulator is turned off or removed, symptoms can return.
How long does the relief last?
Everyone’s experience of relief is different, so it is difficult to generalize. What we can say is that in a clinical study, our therapy significantly reduced symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB) and non-obstructive urinary retention in people treated for five years.
What does the stimulation feel like?
Most people describe it as a slight pulling, tingling, or fluttering sensation in the pelvic area. The stimulation is always adjustable, and should not be painful.
Why is this therapy different from other options?
You can try it before you decide, and it’s reversible if you change your mind later. The InterStim™ II system is clinically superior to oral medication and the InterStim™ Micro system is designed to deliver the same results. And unlike injections, this therapy doesn’t require self-catheterization or repeated treatment visits.
Will I be able to get an MRI with the implantable device?
Yes, you can have a full-body MRI scan under certain conditions. Your clinician can provide more details about these conditions, as well as safety information.
How long has this 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.
Will insurance cover the costs?
Medicare and many private insurance companies cover this therapy. Talk to your doctor to learn more about your insurance coverage.