Baptist Health Richmond: InterStim Treatment for Incontinence
InterStim is a type of incontinence treatment where a small device is placed on the patient’s tailbone to retrain the bladder. Learn more about InterStim for incontinence from Baptist Health.
InterStim Treatment for Incontinence in Richmond, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript
Andrew Todd, MD:
Urinary incontinence is an involuntary leakage of urine when a person does not desire to go. Urge urinary incontinence is a condition that affects up to 10% of women. It can also affect men as well. Usually, a patient will feel a sense of urgency, have to go frequently during the daytime, and often cannot make it to the bathroom.
Stress urinary incontinence is where a patient will have leakage with coughing or sneezing. We usually treat urge urinary incontinence starting with lifestyle modifications, reducing caffeine and other stimulant intake, but then oftentimes we will try medications. When those medications do not work, we then try third-line therapies, such as InterStim treatment or Botox.
InterStim is a treatment for urge urinary incontinence where we place a small little lead that goes over the tailbone and sends calming signals to the patient’s bladder to retrain it to not spasm. It can often greatly reduce or eliminate urge urinary incontinence.
Patients generally have minimal discomfort and are usually not able to feel the device, though they can feel the calming signals working.
Here at Baptist Health Richmond, we’re excited to offer this along with all the other treatments for urge and stress urinary incontinence to take care of all the men and women in the surrounding community with such a prevalent condition.