Gotta Go?

Published: June 23, 2011

Having to go—and go, now—is no laughing matter for 33 million-plus Americans with overactive bladder. Now there’s a treatment option scientifically proven to put the brakes on excessive urinary frequency and urgency with a technique called percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS).

The Urgent PC Neuromodulation System looks simple enough: A nerve stimulator attached to a super-thin needle placed just under the skin on the inside of the ankle is activated for 30 minutes while the patient relaxes in the doctor’s office. Painless impulses travel up to the nerve that controls pelvic muscles and bladder function. Studies show that most people improve after 12 weekly sessions.

“The approval of PTNS is a breakthrough for both men and women with overactive bladder symptoms who have not responded to oral medicines or can’t tolerate the side effects,” explains Dr. Neal D. Shore of Grand Strand Urology/Carolina Urologic Research Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. “The Urgent PC Neuromodulation System is safe, with a very high success rate.”

“This treatment gives hope to those who otherwise have limited treatment options, provides dignity to those whom it helps, and improves their quality of life,” comments Dr. Scott MacDiamid of Alliance Urology Specialists in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Click here for local health care providers who utilize the Urgent PC Neuromodulation System or check with your doctor.

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  • Frank James Davis

    A promising treatment that will, hopefully, prove to be effective and safe, over time.