About Sacral Nerve Stimulation

If you’ve tried other treatments without relief, you may want to consider a trial assessment for sacral nerve stimulation. It has been used to treat more than 50,000 people worldwide since 1994.

What Is It?

Sacral nerve stimulation involves the use of a surgically implanted device that stimulates your sacral nerve with mild electrical pulses. The sacral nerve controls your bowel and the muscles related to anal function.

To help discover if sacral nerve stimulation will work for you, you can undergo a trial assessment. This allows you and your doctor to try sacral nerve stimulation.

The trial assessment involves implanting a thin wire in your back. The wire is connected to a small stimulator, which you'll wear on a belt. The stimulator will send mild electrical pulses through the thin wire to one of your sacral nerves, and those pulses may get your bowel working the way it's supposed to. During the trial assessment, which typically lasts 7 to 14 days, you can continue many of your daily activities with caution.
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Benefits and Risks

All treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient, and will form part of your consultation with your healthcare professional.

Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical information that pertains to sacral nerve stimulation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Review some common questions and concerns about sacral nerve stimulation, and find out how to talk to your doctor about treatment options.
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Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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