Sacral Nerve Stimulation (Also Known as Sacral Neuromodulation or Urologic Nerve Stimulation)

A small electrode tip is placed near the sacral nerve, the nerve that controls voiding function in the lower spine. An implanted device stimulates the nerve to act as a sort of pacemaker for the bladder, improving urinary function and reducing or eliminating pain. Sacral nerve stimulation was originally used to treat urinary symptoms such as overactive bladder, urge incontinence, and non-obstructive urinary retention. It is also being explored for interstitial cystitis, neurogenic bladder, dysfunctional elimination syndrome in children, fecal incontinence, constipation, and chronic pelvic pain.

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When the bladder is working well, it is easy to take for granted. When there is difficulty, however, the effects can be life-altering . . .

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Since its introduction in 1990s sacral neuromodulation, also known as sacral nerve stimulation, has proven to be a useful treatment . . .

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Reviewed April 29, 2012
Sohier Elneil, B.Sc (Hons), MBChB, PhD (Cantab.), MRCOG
Member, International Neuromodulation Society
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square
London, England

Last Updated on Monday, November 22, 2021 11:07 AM