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New Treatment for Overactive Bladder (PTNS)


Do you ever feel like an overactive bladder (OAB) controls your life? If so, you are not alone! Studies show that over 16% of the adult population suffers from symptoms of overactive bladder. Ask yourself these questions: 

 

  • Do you urinate more than eight times during a 24-hour period? 
  • Do you urinate more than twice during the night? 
  • Are you bothered by the number of times you urinate? 
  • Do you often have an overwhelming urge to urinate? 
  • Have you had wetting accidents because you are unable to control the urge to urinate, and unable to get to the restroom in time?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have OAB, and Lakeshore Urology has recently begun offering a procedure that could change your life.

Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) is an office-based, minimally invasive treatment for OAB symptoms. PTNS is designed to indirectly stimulate the nerves responsible for bladder control using a nerve in your lower leg – the tibial nerve.

During the PTNS treatment, a small, slim needle electrode is inserted near your tibial nerve, and connected to a battery powered stimulator. The stimulator’s impulses travel to the tibial nerve, and then to the sacral nerve plexus (the nerve that controls bladder function).

Each treatment lasts approximately 30 minutes. Patients typically receive an initial series of 12 treatments, each scheduled a week apart. After the initial 12 weeks, your physician will evaluate your response to the treatment, and will determine the need for future treatments. Results can be seen after as few as six treatments.

To see if this procedure can help you, call HFM Urology at 320-6344.