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What are benefits and risks of sacral nerve stimulation therapy?

What are benefits and risks of sacral nerve stimulation therapy?

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). ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Having trial of sacral nerve stimulation, doctor wants to see both sides, for now left side- little improvement, can I expect more from the other side?

InterStim: Possibly if the lead on the other side is in a better position in relation to the sacral nerve. You should definitely try stimulation the other side during the trial. ...Read more

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Having trial phase of sacral nerve stimulation for bladder, 50% symptoms improved.Am i perfect for permanent implant? Will improvement last forever?

Having trial phase of sacral nerve stimulation for bladder, 50% symptoms improved.Am i perfect for permanent implant? Will improvement last  forever?

Interstim: Only you can decide if 50% improvement in symptoms from the pne test is sufficient to warrant having a permanent generator placed. The duration of improvement largely depends in the cause of your bladder symptoms. ...Read more

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Will sacral nerve stimulation help a person with cauda equina having difficulty to empty their bladder.I saw many people saying improvement in google?

Will sacral nerve stimulation help a person with cauda equina having difficulty to empty their bladder.I saw many people saying improvement in google?

Yes: There are benefits and complications of stimulator placement that your urologist should answer for you. The conditions under which your spinal cord was injured must be taken into consideration. Seek opinion at a center with experience in this technique. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is sacral nerve stimulation likely to work for patient who has neurogenic bladder due to cauda equine syndrome.?

Is sacral nerve stimulation likely to work for patient who has neurogenic bladder due to cauda equine syndrome.?

SNS: That question is difficult to answer without additional information, like urodynamic findings and current bladder management. The great thing about sacral nerve stimulation is that it is tested prior to full implantation and you will be able to answer the question for yourself as to whether or not it worked for you prior to implantation. ...Read more

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By implanintg sacral nerve stimulation, will there be any feeling of uncomfortable while running, sleeping, playing sports or doing any activities?

By implanintg sacral nerve stimulation, will there be any feeling of uncomfortable while running, sleeping, playing sports or doing any activities?

No: Typically, a nerve stimulator, interstim, is placed after a test period of time to ensure the stimulator is helping with the urge incontinence. If this is the stimulator you are referring to, it should not cause any problems. ...Read more

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I have a neurogenic bladder caused by cauda equina.How effective will sacral nerve stimulation for me.My doctor is recommending it.What will be cost?

I have a neurogenic bladder caused by cauda equina.How effective will sacral nerve stimulation for me.My doctor is recommending it.What will be cost?

Trust: You should be comfortable with your doctor's recommendations. If you are not , seek second opinion. Most insurances will cover 2 nd opinion. Check with your insurance if you need pre authorization and your out pocket cost. ...Read more

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If sacral nerve stimulation don't work, does patient has to catherize for whole life?Aren't there any treatment for blader due to sacral nerve pinched?

Bladder dysfunction: There are many new and developing treatments for bladder dysfunction. Get a second opinion from a urogynecologist and see if other meds or therapies might help you. ...Read more

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How does vagus nerve stimulation therapy work exactly?

How does vagus nerve stimulation therapy work exactly?

VNS: Vagus nerve stimulation is a neuromodulation system that provides constant electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve in the neck. It is indicated for epilepsy and depression. The exact mechanism of action is unknown. ...Read more

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What can vagus nerve stimulation therapy do for epilepsy?

What can vagus nerve stimulation therapy do for epilepsy?

Prevent seizures: Vagus nerve stimulation (vns) is designed to prevent seizures by sending regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. These pulses are supplied by a device something like a pacemaker. http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/vns. ...Read more

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What percentage of epilepsy patients are good candidates for vagus nerve stimulation (vns) therapy?

What percentage of epilepsy patients are good candidates for vagus nerve stimulation (vns) therapy?

VNS candidates: must be at least 12 years old (in the US) and have seizures that are known to respond to VNS ( eg. focal seizures, secondarily generalized seizures ) and have failed to achieve adequate seizure control with at least two anticonvulsants (with documented therapeutic levels) or a combination of medications. Typically they are not good epilepsy surgery candidates. In my practice: about 1/3 patients. ...Read more

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What about vagus nerve stimulation as a treatment for chronic depression?

What about vagus nerve stimulation as a treatment for chronic depression?

Lukewarm option: Vagal nerve stimulation (vns) for treatment resistant depression is fda approved (2005). However, subsequent studies have not been too supportive of its use. There are many medication options and combinations these days as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation (less invasive) and electroconvulsive therapy (still an effective treatment). ...Read more

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What symptoms are there with a tear in the sacral nerve ?

What symptoms are there with a tear in the sacral nerve ?

Sacral nerve trauma: It is very unlikely to "tear" a sacral nerve without severe trauma, such as a major car accident, etc.. Most pain in the area of sacral nerve distribution is caused by muscle/tendon strain/tears and swelling thereafter, which puts presssure on the sacral nerve, shooting lower back pains into the upper and lower leg where affected. Rest and a visit with an orthopedic provider if pain continues . ...Read more

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What happens when the 1st sacral nerve is compressed?

What happens when the 1st sacral nerve is compressed?

Nerve: A s1 compression usually leads to pain at the bottom or side of the foot, with significant compression you can have weakness in the the movement of the foot. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about back pain 1. What happens when the 1st sacral nerve is compressed?

Can you tell me about back pain 1. What happens when the 1st sacral nerve is compressed?

Pain in the Butt: Typically s1 nerve root starts in the back and travels through the tailbone into the leg where it becomes part of the sciatic nerve. Typical pain patterns from compression of the nerve root can cause pain from the buttock region all the way down the back of the leg into the foot, heel and outward toe regions. ...Read more

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Shocks once or twice a month in back hurts when i breath in for a few seconds usually in left side of back could this be endometriosis of sacral nerve?

Well, it could be: Endometriosis but the chances are so low as to almost be negligible? Over 95% of low back pain is muscular, and it hurts when u breath in, just for a couple of seconds 2x per month. It's likely a muscle spasm, in my opinion, but get seen if progressive. ...Read more

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Does a pinched first sacral nerve root (s1) cause pain when you sit down?

Possibly: A pinched s1 nerve root can send radiating pain down the leg to the outsife of the foot. Sitting does cause increased disc pressure which can increase the pressure on the nerve. A pinched nerve usually responds to convervative treatment-nsaid's, pnysical therapy and chiropractic treatment. Any loss of bowel or bladder control means heading to the er immediately. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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I had a sacral nerve stimulator put in on feb.7th. I am now having sever pain in my lower left side of my abdominal are those 2 things related?

See your doctor: If you think the nerve stimulator is causing the pain, then you could try turning off the device and see if your pain goes away. Regardless you need to see the physician who implanted the device. ...Read more

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Sacrum (Definition)

Below the lumbar spine and above the tailbone or coccyx lies the sacrum. The sacrum is part of the spine and interacts with the pelvis ...Read more