Sacral neuromodulation to treat urinary and faecal incontinence

Using a small electrical current, this advanced treatment can restore both bladder and bowel function.

Who is it for?

What does it involve?

Sacral neuromodulation is a procedure used to treat complications associated with an overactive bladder (OAB), urinary retention and urge incontinence. It involves placing a small device into the lower back, next to the sacral nerve. The sacral nerve is involved in emptying the bladder, so by stimulating this with an electrical current, it is possible to restore the bladder to a healthier function. The procedure can also be reversed, and the device removed, if required.

In addition, sacral neuromodulation can be used for bowel incontinence, since the sacral nerve is also crucial in controlling the anal muscles. This means it is a particularly good treatment for those who suffer from mixed incontinence.

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How can I find out more?

For more information on sacral neuromodulation, watch the following video or download a patient brochure:

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Where can I go for treatment?

Sacral neuromodulation is an advanced incontinence therapy that can offer a long-term solution for some patients. To find out if it’s suitable for you, the next step is to make an appointment at your local treatment centre.

The Medtronic Clinic Finder can help you locate nearby options and if you need further support, take a look at our useful tips and advice on how to prepare for an appointment.


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