Interstim is an FDA-approved procedure, which has been shown to help women with urinary retention and overactive bladder.

This two-phase procedure works by helping your brain communicate with your sacral nerves. Sacral nerves control the bladder and the nerves that help urinary function.

The first trial phase may be an outpatient procedure done in your physician’s office. A small lead is placed, and the generator is applied externally to allow you to see if the treatment helps your symptoms.

You will wear it for about one week and keep a log of your symptoms. If the external phase works, the second phase is done in Memorial Medical Center’s surgical suite.

The generator and leads are implanted under the skin in a short procedure with local anesthetic and sedation. There is minimal, if any, discomfort. You will go home the same day.