Sacral Neuromodulation Therapy: Overactive Bladder Treatment

What is an overactive bladder holding your back from? Discover Axonics Sacral Neuromodulation Therapy from Urology One

When you have an overactive bladder (OAB), your wants and needs change, forcing you to alter your lifestyle because of this condition. You begin missing out on activities, isolating yourself from friends and family, and constantly worry about when your next urge to urinate or leak will come.

You have options. With the right treatment, you don’t have to change plans because of urinary leakage or other overactive bladder symptoms. Have you found the right treatment for your overactive bladder?

Axonics sacral neuromodulation therapy offers you an escape from your symptoms and long-term relief. Instead of trying medication after medication, treatment after treatment, consider the sacral neuromodulation therapy implant from Axonics, designed to give you 15 years with reduced or eliminated symptoms from overactive bladder.

There is no overactive bladder cure, but sacral neuromodulation therapy is clinically proven to treat overactive bladder symptoms, and former patients are still enjoying their results years after their procedure. Learn how Axonics Therapy can bring comfort and relief to your life while allowing you to escape pain and complications from your current symptoms. Continue learning below, or schedule your appointment with Urology One’s Dr. Tabet.

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What is an overactive bladder (OAB)?

Sacral neuromodulation therapy, installed through the Axonics implant procedure, treats an overactive bladder. An overactive bladder complicates your urinary system, resulting in intense, sudden urges to urinate. With OAB, these urges can come and go even if the bladder isn’t full. With these urges, incontinence may occur, causing leaks to happen.

The science of your overactive bladder and OAB symptoms

Urine travels from your bladder through your urethra with the help of your sphincter, which opens to allow urine to leave the body. Your body knows you need to urinate when nerves in your bladder send a signal to your brain that it’s full. The muscles in your pelvic floor relax, muscles in the bladder contract to push out the urine, and the muscles in your sphincter allow fluid to pass through.

When you have an overactive bladder, your body isn’t communicating properly. This miscommunication causes false signals and results in your body thinking it needs to urinate prematurely. This also prevents your system from holding in urine, resulting in urine leaving your body when you’re least expecting it.

Overactive bladder symptoms include:

  • The urgent feeling of needing to urinate
  • Frequent urges to urinate
  • Leakage (incontinence)
  • Feeling the need to urinate over eight times in a day
  • Waking during the night multiple times to urinate

Do you know what caused your overactive bladder? Common causes of overactive bladder include:

  • Aging
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Loss of strength in pelvic floor muscles
  • Neurological disorder
  • Tumor
  • Bladder stones
  • Bladder cancer
  • Bladder and urinary infections
  • Diabetes

An overactive bladder can be diagnosed by a doctor through an exam, reviewing your medical history, and conducting several tests. While the cause cannot always be determined, your physician may be able to find the source of your overactive bladder during this appointment. Learn more about overactive bladder here!

What is sacral neuromodulation therapy?

Sacral neuromodulation (SNM) therapy, treats overactive bladder, urinary retention, urgency incontinence, and bowel incontinence. Sacral neuromodulation therapy provides sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) through a device from Axonics that allows your urinary system and bowel to communicate with your brain to help your urinary system work as intended.

Sacral Neuromodulation Therapy FDA Approval

Sacral neuromodulation therapy by Axonics is FDA-approved and has been clinically-proven to treat overactive bladder symptoms. The Axonics sacral neuromodulation therapy implant, also known as the Axonics bladder stimulator, is implanted in the upper buttock. The sacral neuromodulation therapy device from Axonics is safe, small, clinically-proven, and long-lasting, providing relief up to 15 years after the initial procedure.

Axionics - a new way to treat OAB

How It Works

Doctors use sacral nerve stimulation for urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence. This stimulation restores proper function to your urinary system, reducing your overactive bladder symptoms.

Finding relief with the sacral neuromodulation therapy procedure includes 5 steps.

  1. Schedule an appointment with Urology One
  2. Exam
  3. Participate in the sacral neuromodulation therapy evaluation period
  4. Schedule the outpatient procedure
  5. Receive the Axonics sacral neuromodulation therapy device during the outpatient procedure

With the device implanted in your body, you will receive a remote to control the device. The remote is easy to use and has just three buttons. “The use of the remote is as simple as it could possibly be,” says Jill V., a 45-year-old recipient of sacral neuromodulation therapy.

After the procedure, you may be required to remain in the hospital for less than 24 hours. Recovery will take place over several weeks. Speak with your physician for more information on risks, side effects, sacral nerve stimulation surgery recovery, and sacral nerve stimulation after care.

Treating your overactive bladder: are you a candidate for sacral neuromodulation therapy?

Ideal candidates for sacral neuromodulation therapy are people with an overactive bladder who are ready to experience relief from their symptoms. They have likely tried one or multiple alternative treatments without positive results, from medicine to natural bladder control to Botox injections. Does this sound familiar?

To find out if you are a candidate for sacral neuromodulation therapy, you will need to schedule an appointment with your doctor. During the appointment, your doctor will review your health history and examine your body. If your doctor believes you may benefit from sacral neuromodulation therapy, you will move to step 3, which is an evaluation period. During the evaluation period, you will be tested with a mock version of the sacral neuromodulation therapy implant to see if the treatment works with your body. This will give you the opportunity to determine if sacral neuromodulation therapy and the Axonics device will work for you.

Deciding on a treatment for your overactive bladder can be a difficult decision. Urology One’s primary focus is on your health and care. We are here to discuss your options and create a treatment plan that reduces your symptoms and simplifies your life. To learn more about the risks, benefits, and side effects of sacral neuromodulation therapy, visit www.axonics.com/isi or schedule an appointment with Dr. Tabet at Urology One today.

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Doctor Reviews of Sacral Neuromodulation Therapy with the Axonics Implant

Patients and doctors have fallen in love with the benefits of sacral neuromodulation therapy. “The quality of life improvement has been dramatic, and it’s been fast,” says urogynecologist Dr. Kevin Benson (1). “Of the patients that I’ve worked with so far, with the Axonics product I would say that within a week or two these patients were already seeing huge improvements in their quality of life,” he continues. Dr. Benson also states that “improvement has continued to increase even further with time.”

When asked how the sacral neuromodulation therapy is different, Dr. Benson says, “I think it’s a more dynamic, patient-friendly therapy option that fits better with most of my patients.”

Explore your life without restrictions from OAB: Sacral Neuromodulation Therapy from Urology One

Overactive bladder puts limits on your activities and restrictions on your life. With sacral neuromodulation therapy, you can experience fast relief and maintain or experience improved results for more than a decade. With long-lasting results, sacral neuromodulation therapy can help put your symptoms in the past, and worries about your overactive bladder out of your mind.

Urology One strives to deliver the best in urological care, helping you overcome urological conditions and diseases. With our dedication to adopting the latest in urological technology, we provide local access to advanced tools, procedures, and processes in Canton, Massillon, Carrollton, New Philadelphia, and Millersburg, Ohio.

Urology One’s Dr. Tabet is experienced in performing the Axonics sacral neuromodulation therapy implant procedure and can guide you through the entire process. Start your path towards relief by scheduling your appointment.

Is sacral neuromodulation therapy your key to a happy future? There’s only one way to find out. Schedule your appointment with Urology One to learn how sacral neuromodulation therapy can work for you.