What Patients Say About Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy

Learn about the experiences of others with bladder control problems as they explored treatment options and found hope with Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy (Sacral Neuromodulation), delivered by the InterStim® System. 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 Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy will receive the same results as the patients in these stories.

Sarah H., Urge incontinence

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Sarah's Story

Seeking Treatment

Seeking Treatment

"I was just very skeptical. I just didn't believe it was going to work."

Watch Sarah's experience seeking treatment

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Sarah's Story

Evaluation

Step 1: The Evaluation

"My evaluation period was interesting. It involved a lot of different changes to my settings to try to figure out which one was going to work…"

Watch Sarah's experience with the evaluation

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Sarah's Story

InterStim Therapy

Step 2: Long-term Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy

"I had been through 10 different possibilities and nothing worked for me until this. But, I think I'm more than happy that I kept trying, and ultimately I found something that worked for me."

Watch Sarah's experience with the long-term therapy

Barbara B., Urge incontinence

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Barbara's Story

Seeking Treatment

Seeking Treatment

"…I was not able to control the urine that fell out of me. It wasn't normal. I actually spilled a glass of water in my lap at the end of a meeting…to cover the fact that I leaked during the meeting."

Watch Barbara's experience seeking treatment

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Barbara's Story

Evaluation

Step 1: The Evaluation

"I hadn't been dry for a whole day in almost 28 years. When I realized I wasn't wet, I had hope."

Watch Barbara's experience with the evaluation

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Barbara's Story

InterStim Therapy

Step 2: Long-term Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy

"Now I am able to sit through a meeting, without having to leave…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."

Watch Barbara's experience with the long-term therapy

Next: Seeking Treatment: Stories of Hope

Medtronic invited these patients to share their stories candidly. Not everyone who receives Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy will receive the same results as the patients in these stories. Talk with your doctor to determine if sacral neuromodulation is right for you. In addition to risks related to a surgical procedure, complications associated with the InterStim System 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 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.

Last updated: 6 Mar 2014