Basic Types of Neurotech for Bladder Control
- Sacral Nerve Stimulator: Implanted device to control the bladder by sending electrical impulses to the nerve that controls the bladder, sacral nerve, sphincter and the muscles around it.
- Tibial Nerve Stimulator: Uses percutaneous electrodes to control the bladder by stimulating the tibial nerve in the lower leg.
- Pelvic Floor Stimulator: Provides stimulation to the pelvic floor muscles to improve the opening and closing of the urethral.
- Direct Muscle Stimulation: Uses an implanted electrode to stimulate the bladder and muscles around it.
- An implanted device, currently under investigation, uses electrodes to stimulate the pudendal nerve to provide bladder function. Sacral Magnetic Stimulation is also being investigated for refractory stress urinary incontinence.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a variety of applications which are listed below by category. Prior to considering any new therapy, treatment or device, a proper evaluation should be conducted with a knowledgeable medical professional. There are health, medical and financial risks. Out of pocket costs and available insurance coverage for any treatment must be considered prior to starting a protocol. Also, it is key to understand that results and applications will vary depended on symptom and function limitations related to the condition. If you find something of interest, please contact the vendor directly to find a trained professional in your area.
Support Groups & Resources
- National Foundation for Continence– national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with incontinence, voiding dysfunction, and related pelvic floor disorders.
Uro Today– an information resource and educational news about urology, urological conditions and disorders.
Urology Care Foundation– An organization committed to promoting urology research and education.
Bladder & Bowel Foundation:Charity for people with bladder and bowel control problems. B&BF provides information and support services, including a confidential helpline, for anyone affected by these conditions as well as their families, carers and healthcare professionals.
National Library of Medicine Urinary Information Page