If you’ve tried other treatments but are still dealing with bladder control problems, you might be relieved to hear about another option: InterStim Therapy. Select any topic below, or select "Start here" to be guided through this exploration of InterStim Therapy.
InterStim Therapy is a proven treatment option that targets the communication problem between the brain and the nerves that control the bladder.
InterStim Therapy works with the sacral nerves, which control the bladder and muscles related to bladder control.
With InterStim Therapy’s two-step process, you can test it out to see if it will work for you before making a long-term commitment. Step 1 is called an "evaluation."
If you experience a significant reduction in your bladder control symptoms during the evaluation, you and your doctor can discuss long-term InterStim Therapy.
How effective is InterStim Therapy? How will I know if the evaluation is successful? Will my insurance cover the costs?
InterStim Therapy for Urinary Control treats urinary retention (inability to completely empty the bladder) and the symptoms of overactive bladder, including urinary urge incontinence (leakage) and significant symptoms of urgency-frequency. It should be used after you have tried other treatments such as medications and behavioral therapy and they have not worked, or you could not tolerate them.