Bladder Neuromodulation

Bladder neuromodulation is an electrical stimulation treatment that is used for treating urinary retention and overactive bladder (OAB). It sends an electrical pulse down to the bladder from the tailbone, helping to improve proper functioning of the bladder.

How does bladder neuromodulation work?

Generally, if you want to use bladder neuromodulation as a treatment option, a trial period is done first.

The following steps are involved with this treatment:

  1. A thin wire, which is attached to a small external electric control device, is inserted into the buttock.
  2. The device is worn and concealed by clothing.
  3. A controller is used to stop, start, or adjust the stimulation therapy.

During the initial trial period of anywhere from 3 to 14 days, you can resume most of your normal activities. We can track your symptoms to determine if there was any improvement from the treatment.

After the trial period, you and your doctor can consult about whether or not you need to continue treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is bladder neuromodulation different from other treatments?
    • With the trial period, you are able to test out the treatment to see if it works for you before jumping all in. It is also reversible once the treatment has began if you do change your mind.
  • What can bladder neuromodulation do for me?
    • This treatment has been proven to help improve symptoms such as frequent urges to urinate and leakages, as well as helping people to fully empty their bladder. Reducing these symptoms helps to improve your quality of life.
  • What does the electrical stimulation feel like?
    • It is often described as a slight pulling or tingling sensation in the pelvic area. You can adjust the strength of the stimulation, and it should not be painful.
  • Does bladder neuromodulation work long-term?
    • Each patient’s experience might be different with the treatment, but it has been seen to reduce symptoms of OAB and urinary retention for up to 5 years.
  • Will it cure my bladder condition?
    • No. Bladder neuromodulation is not a cure. Once the treatment is stopped, symptoms can return.
  • Does insurance cover bladder neuromodulation?
    • Many private insurance companies and Medicare cover bladder neuromodulation. The staff at Manwaring Urology will help you determine what coverage you have.