Nerve Stimulation for Incontinence
Nerve stimulation for incontinence is a medical procedure that can help individuals who have not responded to medications for incontinence or other nonsurgical options and who don’t want to undergo surgery for incontinence. The procedure involves placing a needle through the skin near your ankle until it reaches the tibial nerve (a nerve in the leg). A mild electric impulse is sent through the needle. The signals travel along the tibial nerve to the spine and make contact with the nerves that control the bladder. You will need to have about 12 treatments, one per week, and each session takes about 30 minutes.
Use of nerve stimulation for incontinence has been successful in helping men who have urge incontinence. Research results indicate that about two-thirds of men treated with tibial nerve stimulation experienced at least a 50 percent reduction in the number of incontinent episodes. Nearly half of patients reported having no urine leakage after treatment. Nerve stimulation for incontinence has no reported side effects except for pain at the stimulation site.
This short animation demonstrates how the Urgent PC Neuromodulation System works.
This video demonstrates the use of the Urgent PC Neuromodulation System, a non-drug, non-surgical method of treating Overactive Bladder (OAB) and the associated symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urge incontinence.
Urgent PC delivers PTNS, also known as percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation or posterior tibial nerve stimulation. Patients receive an initial series of once weekly, 30-minute treatments for a total of 12 weeks. Sixty to 80 percent of patients respond to treatment. Repeated occasional treatments may be needed after the initial series to sustain improvement in urinary control. Men who are interested in trying nerve stimulation for incontinence should consult their healthcare provider.