InterStim II is a brand of neuromodulation device used to treat urinary and bowel incontinence. It works by stimulating the sacral nerves, which control the bladder and bowel muscles. InterStim II is typically used as a treatment option for people who have not had success with other methods, such as medication and physical therapy, and who have not experienced significant improvement from behavioral modification techniques.
The InterStim II device is typically implanted in the lower back or buttocks and is controlled by a handheld remote. It consists of a small electrical pulse generator, which is connected to one or more leads that are placed near the sacral nerves. The device delivers electrical pulses to the nerves, which helps to normalize their activity and improve bladder and bowel control.
InterStim II is generally considered to be a safe and effective treatment for urinary and bowel incontinence. However, as with any medical procedure, it carries some risks and potential complications. These may include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and allergic reactions to the device. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with a healthcare provider before deciding if InterStim II is the right treatment option.« Back to Glossary Index