A 25-year-old male asked:
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is sacral nerve stimulation a same kind of surgery as other surgeries, i don't know what the cost is and my insurance company covers it or not?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience Pain Management
Sacral nerve stim: Interstim is sacral nerve stim for bladder issues. This is a surgery. Sacral nerve stim can also be done with spinally placed leads usually for pelvic pain and some other types of pain. Whether the insurance covers or not is best checked with the insurance.
Answered on Jan 21, 2013
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Dr. Mitchell Schuster
31 years experience Urogynecology
Yes: If you are referring to interstim, yes. A tiny lead is placed in the sacral foramina under fluroscopy guidance and then the battery is placed in the buttock region under the skin. You are usually asleep for about 30 minutes but go home after the surgery. I'm not sure about the insurance coverage. That is different for every patient.
Answered on Jan 4, 2013

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