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what are benefits and risks of sacral nerve stimulation therapy?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: The benefit is pain relief. The downside is that with anything implanted or introduced into such an area can become infected or cause injury by the introduction of the device itself. Research thoroughly, ask lots of questions and if in doubt, seek an second or third opinion. Check out the reputation of the person inmplanting or inserting the device too. If offended, next!
Answered on Jan 16, 2012
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Dr. Edison Wong
29 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Severity of problems: Is critical for determining balance of benefits (pain control in pelvic area, bladder control, bowel control) vs. Risks (foreign body - infection; implantation - infection, worsening bladder and bowel function, increased pain, bleeding, impotence).
Answered on Sep 7, 2013

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