Fecal incontinence is the involuntary loss of solid or liquid feces. Studies show that about 7% of the American population suffers with bowel leakage. Bowel accidents have a major social and economic impact. At SWGI our team of GI providers are commited to help patients achieve bowel control. One way to do this is with an exciting treatment called InterStim.
What is InterStim® Therapy?
InterStim Therapy is an option for managing the symptoms of bowel incontinence for people who have not found success with, or are not candidates for, more conservative treatments.
It starts with an evaluation. The goal of the evaluation is to establish an improvement greater than 50%. After a 12 month follow up, over 80% of patients achieved greater than 50% improvement, while 40% of the patients tested achieved complete continence.
InterStim Therapy works with the sacral nerves, located near the tailbone. If the brain and sacral nerves don't communicate correctly, the nerves can't help the bowel work properly. This communication problem can lead to symptoms of bowel incontinence. InterStim Therapy targets these symptoms by stimulating the sacral nerves with mild electrical pulses.
Contact Kristi Happe, our InterStim Coordinator, for more information or to make an appointment.