InterStim Specialist near Wilkes-Barre PA
What is InterStim?
For men and women who suffer from overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, stress incontinence and urge incontinence, InterStim may be an effective, long-term treatment solution. InterStim is a small medical implant that is inserted near the buttocks. It then regulates the communication between the bladder and your brain. This procedure is typically performed when exercises, behavioral modifications and medication aren’t treating symptoms.
The goal of this procedure is to reduce how often women near Northeastern PA have incontinence and lessen the urge and frequency of trips to the bathroom. The device is discrete, attached underneath the skin and side effects are uncommon.
How Does InterStim Work?
The InterStim procedure helps correct the miscommunication between the brain and the bladder and/or bowels. A small device that is attached underneath the skin in the buttocks delivers mild electrical pulses to the bladder via a wire attached to the sacral nerve. The sacral nerve plays an integral role in communication between the brain and the bladder. It helps regulate how much urine is stored and when it should be emptied.
Is InterStim Right for Me?
InterStim therapy is performed in two parts. First, there is an evaluation period, during which we will determine if this is an effective form of treatment for the patient’s symptoms. Instead of undergoing surgery to place the neurostimulator under the skin, the temporary device and will attach to your waistband. If symptoms show improvement after a pre-designated amount of time, long-term treatment will be recommended.
The second step is a long-term treatment. Once Dr. Rittenburg and the patient confirm that this form of treatment is effective and comfortable, a minimally invasive procedure will be performed to put the device underneath the skin.
Is InterStim Covered by Insurance?
InterStim is covered by Medicare as well as many other major insurance companies. If you have any questions or you would like to schedule a consultation at our office near Wilkes-Barre, please call Riverview Urologic Associates at (570) 288-3601.