Urology

Sacral Nerve Stimulation

Among the more advanced and successful surgical interventions available is sacral nerve stimulation (SNS). The minimally invasive procedure involves the insertion of a device called a neurostimulator in the lower back. The neurostimulator works by sending mild electrical pulses to the sacral nerve to control bowel, rectum and bladder function.

The outpatient procedure can be performed in less than an hour under mild sedation. It involves the insertion of InterStim, a neurostimulator device that is inserted under the skin, usually in the upper buttocks.