Innovative Treatment for the Overactive Bladder

By Lev Elterman, MD

I specialize in treatment of problems with urinary control in both men and women. I would like to tell you about an innovative and remarkable treatment option for people with overactive bladder and urinary retention, called Interstim.

In my practice, I often see patients who have been suffering from symptoms of overactive bladder – frequency, urgency and urge incontinence. It is a very common problem. In fact, there are over 33 million people in the United States who have these symptoms. For many, it is an embarrassing condition that limits their ability to enjoy life, go to the movies, attend classes or even go to work. Some have to take daily medications, such as Detrol, Vesicare, Sanctura or Enablex. Although effective for some, these medications may cause constipation, dry mouth and blurred vision. Others are not helped by any of the pills.

This is the point where sacral nerve stimulation technique becomes extremely valuable. Interstim is a stimulator, similar to a cardiac pacemaker that interrupts irritating signals from the bladder and calms down the overactivity. In my experience, the technique has been exceptionally effective in curbing the symptoms and improving the quality of life.

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