Learn about these women's experience with long-term InterStim Therapy and how it has restored their everyday freedom. These statements recount the experiences of patients who are receiving neurostimulation for the treatment of bladder control problems. Please bear in mind that the experiences are specific to each particular person. Not everyone who receives InterStim Therapy will receive the same results as the patients in these stories.
"With InterStim Therapy I no longer waste time searching for restrooms and covering up accidents."
"I love to run and was only able to run short distances. Any movement of the bladder would set me off, feeling like I had to go to the bathroom. After InterStim Therapy, I even ran a half marathon just because I didn't have to deal with that any more."
"I can do almost anything now – go for 10-mile jogs, wear a bikini, golf, and eat and drink normally. I can make it all the way through a trip to the grocery store without a bathroom break and I no longer have to keep catheters in my purse, at work, or in the car."
"I was always waiting to find the next bathroom. Now I'm waiting to find out what's going to be part of my life. The bathroom is not a major part of my life any more."
"I recently went golfing* for the first time. I played 9 holes and didn't have to leave the golf course, which was shocking, because I never would have been able to do that before."
"I feel like I'm free of something very burdensome. Now I go about 5 times during the day; maybe twice in the evening. I don't get up at night, I'm done leaking and I no longer wear pads."
"I don't have to worry about pads or knowing where bathrooms are. I got back my freedom!"
*Although you should be able to do most activities you did before surgery, there are some activities which may cause discomfort or affect your implanted neurostimulator. Review the following information, and if you have any concerns or questions about these or other activities, contact your doctor.
Activities you should avoid – You should avoid activities that involve sudden, excessive, or repetitive bending, twisting, bouncing, or stretching. These movements could damage or move your implanted lead or affect the implanted neurostimulator. Examples of such activities include gymnastics, mountain biking, and any other sport or activity that involves the movements described above.
Activities you can continue – Activities that should not affect your implanted InterStim Therapy system include running, jogging, walking, road biking, swimming, sexual activity, etc.
Medtronic invited these patients to share their stories candidly. Not everyone who receives InterStim Therapy will receive the same results as the patients in these story. Talk with your doctor to determine if sacral nerve stimulation is right for you. In addition to risks related to a surgical procedure, complications associated with InterStim Therapy can include pain at the implant sites, new pain, infection, lead (thin wire) movement/migration, device problems, interactions with certain other devices or diagnostic equipment such as MRI, undesirable changes in urinary or bowel function, uncomfortable stimulation (sometimes described as a jolting or shocking feeling), and others. Surgery is required to remove the InterStim Therapy system. Please refer to Important Safety Information. Always discuss the potential risks and benefits of the therapy with your physician. This therapy is not for everyone. A prescription is required.