What is InterStim Therapy?
Benefits & Risks
While InterStim Therapy is not a cure for fecal incontinence, it is a proven method that’s significantly more effective than current therapeutic approaches, such as bulking agents, dietary modification, and pelvic floor exercises.
Clinical studies show 83% of patients achieve 50% or greater reduction in fecal incontinent episodes per week, and as many as 47% achieve complete continence at 12 months post-procedure.
Talk to your doctor about InterStim Therapy if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Accidental loss or leakage of stool
- Bowel accidents while unaware
- Frequent, loose, watery stools
- Sudden or strong urge to go to the bathroom
- Bowel accidents when passing gas
As with any procedure or treatment, side effects can occur. Implanting an InterStim system has risks similar to any surgical procedure, which includes swelling, bruising, bleeding, and infection. Talk with your doctor about ways to minimize these risks.