While the physicians at Loma Linda University always strive to heal the whole person using the least invasive means necessary, sometimes surgery is required. Depending on a patient's cause of urinary incontinence or other urogynecologic conditions, sacral nerve modulation may provide relief.
Helping the Nervous System
Sacral nerve modulation, also known as sacral neuromodulation or sacral nerve stimulation, helps redirect wrong or misdirected messages sent along neural pathways. These sacral nerves control the muscles in the pelvic area, including the pelvic floor, bladder, urethral sphincters and anal sphincters. When these nerves are misfiring, incorrect information is sent to the brain, often causing urinary or bowel incontinence or pain during urination.
Sacral nerve modulation is conducted through an implanted device with a neurostimulator that works much like a cardiac pacemaker. The device is inserted in a pocket in the patient's lower abdomen or buttock, first during a testing phase, and if successful, it is permanently implanted.