InterStim Therapy

About InterStim Therapy (Procedures)

InterStim® is used for the treatment of bladder or bowel incontinence, and significant symptoms of urgency-frequency in patients who did not respond to, or could not tolerate, more conservative treatments.

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rusty327's InterStim Therapy History (Ongoing)
Aug 03 - 26, 2007
Aug 26, 2007 - Last Update

rusty327's InterStim Therapy is for…

  • Bladder problems
  • Bowel incontinence

rusty327's side effects of InterStim Therapy…

  • Bowel incontinence May 22, 2007


Jan 22, 2010

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bowel incontinence)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips
The impact this device has had on my daily life is incredible. I truly feel this is the best thing I could ever have done for myself and my ms symptoms. I have had the best possible outcomes, for which I am grateful. Not everyone who has the device regains as much as I feel I have. I am in a study now to investigate why this device may be more effective for some than for others and will report what is learned. The biggest downside is that you can not currently have an MRI (at least in the US) with the device in place. It is the wires, not the device (which is titanium) that supposedly interfere with the MRI's. In Canada there is a small number of MRI's being done on patients, and the manufacture is working on new wiring to replace the current type used. My surgeon feels it will be another 10 years before the FDA completes trials and approves another type of wire for use with MRI's. For me this is NOT a downside, but I can well appreciate how it would be for many MS'ers.
$200+ monthly