What Is Sacral Nerve Stimulation?


With sacral nerve stimulation, a small device is surgically implanted to stimulate your sacral nerve with mild electrical pulses. The sacral nerve controls your bowel and the muscles related to bowel function.

Sacral nerve stimulation is used to treat the symptoms of faecal incontinence, including leakage of gas, liquid, or solid stool. If you have not experienced success with more conservative treatments, this reversible treatment may be an option.

Sacral nerve stimulation may help you resume normal activities, and avoid frustrating experiences associated with faecal incontinence.

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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