Southwestern Gastointestinal Specialists - InterStim Therapy in Uniontown, PA

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InterStim Therapy

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.