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Get Control of Your Bladder: An Article on InterStim® Therapy

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Mild, electrical impulses restore communication between your brain and your bladder resulting in fewer trips to the bathroom.

The days of staying home and close to the bathroom are over. Women suffering from urinary frequency incontinence have a new hope. Dr. John Ferlita, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, offers InterStim Therapy to help women regain bladder control and get back to the activities they enjoy. InterStim Therapy, also called sacral neuromodulation, is an FDA-approved treatment performed in an outpatient setting.

If you are wondering how it works, the process is fairly simple. InterStim Therapy regulates your sacral nerves, located near your tailbone, through mild electrical impulses. The sacral nerves control your bladder and muscles related to urinary function. These impulses help the brain and nerves communicate so the bladder and related muscles function properly.

InterStim Therapy is a two-step process. Step one is the basic evaluation process which gives you an opportunity to test the therapy before making a long-term commitment. During the basic evaluation process, Dr. Ferlita numbs a small area of your upper buttock and inserts a temporary, thin wire near the sacral nerves. Step two, the advanced evaluation, uses a long-term lead that is fully implanted near your sacral nerve. With both types of evaluations, the lead is connected to a small, external neurostimulator that is worn on your waistband like a pager. This neurostimulator sends mild electrical impulses to your sacral nerve through the lead which triggers communication from your brain and nerves to your bladder and muscles.

“This procedure has a 78% improvement rate,” stated Dr. Ferlita. “Your evaluation is considered a success when there is a significant reduction in your symptoms. I had one female patient who went to the restroom 28 times per day for the last 20 years. Following her basic evaluation period, she reduced the number of episodes to 4 restroom visits per day.”

In addition to treating urinary incontinence, InterStim Therapy is also effective in the treatment of fecal incontinence. “We have seen excellent results with patients who suffer from fecal incontinence,” stated Dr. Ferlita. “This treatment gives a woman her life back and restores her confidence.”

InterStim Therapy is a reversible treatment that can be discontinued at any time by turning off or removing the device. This procedure is covered by Medicare and most major insurance plans.

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To see if InterStim Therapy is right for you, contact Dr. John Ferlita’s office at (813) 782-7318.