InterStim® for Bowel Control
INTERSTIM® FOR FECAL INCONTINENCE
In 2011, the U.S. FDA approved Interstim® for the treatment of Fecal Incontinence (FI). After being successfully used for more than a decade to treat and control the symptoms of bladder control problems in women and men, the FDA realized that Interstim® can provide dramatic improvements in fecal incontinence.
“I had been suffering with fecal incontinence for about 3 months. It made me feel like I didn’t want to go out or even eat. My GI doctor first tested me to see if I was a candidate for an Interstim (implant). He said I was, so he sent me to Dr. Pugach for surgery. My surgery was a week ago. It was an outpatient procedure and I went home right afterwards, no hospital stay. I had a little bit of pain the first day and then I was fine. Two days later I started resuming my normal activities, cleaning the house, eating, cooking. I didn’t have to stop in between to use the bathroom. That was a great feeling! I’ve just had my 1-week post op appointment and I’m happy to say I’m feeling good and back to normal. What a relief! My whole family is happy for me! I do recommend this procedure for anyone suffering from fecal incontinence.
HOW DOES INTERSTIM® IMPROVE BOWEL LEAKAGE (FECAL INCONTINENCE)?
The nerves that control bowel function are located in your sacrum. That’s the triangular structure located just above your tail bone at the bottom of your spine. There are hundreds of nerves in it.
They are divided into 8 groups: 4 on the right and 4 on the left.
In the third group of nerves, on each side, are areas that can control excessive stimulation to brain centers that stimulate your bowel and bladder. When they are overactive, the result can be fecal incontinence (FI) or bladder leakage (OAB). Oftentimes, the two go hand in hand.
In years past, there was no treatment for FI. Today, there is a remarkable device that can significantly reduce, or eliminate, this embarrassing condition.
It’s a battery called Interstim®. By placing this small device under your skin it can improve or end the symptoms of FI instantly. It can also control or eliminate symptoms of bladder control problems at the same time.
Are you looking for relief from the embarrassing symptoms of fecal incontinence or bladder control? Interstim® may be your answer!
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