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How does neuromodulation work?
Bladder function is regulated by a group of nerves at the base of the spine called the sacral nerve plexus. By stimulating these nerves through gentle electrical impulses (neuromodulation), your bladder activity can be changed.
Dr. Boczko and Dr. Blair use the Urgent PC System that provides neuromodulation in a low-risk, office procedure by indirectly stimulating the nerves responsible for bladder function using a nerve in your lower leg. Our practice has been designated as a center of excellence with the most experience in the tri-state (NY, NJ, CT) area in performing tibial nerve stimulation (neuromodulation) for patients with overactive bladder, urinary urgency, or urinary frequency.
What is Urgent PC?
The Urgent PC Neuromodulation System is designed to treat urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urge incontinence, symptoms associated with Overactive Bladder, Interstitial Cystitis and Post-Radical Prostatectomy.
The Urgent PC Neuromodulation System is a combination of a stimulator and a lead set. The stimulator generates a specific kind of electrical impulse that is delivered to the patient through the lead set. Using a needle electrode place near the ankle as an entry point, the stimulator’s impulses travel along the tibial nerve to the nerves in the spine that control pelvic floor function.
What could I expect from treatment with Urgent PC?
A small, slim needle electrode is inserted near your ankle. The needle electrode is then connected to the battery-powered stimulator. After turning on the stimulator, your healthcare professional will observe your body’s response to determine the ideal strength of the impulses. Each of your treatments will last approximately 30 minutes. You will receive an initial series of 12 treatments, typically scheduled a week apart. After the initial 12 treatments, we will discuss your response to the PTNS treatments and determine how often you will need future treatments to maintain your results.
What does treatment with Urgent PC feel like?
Because patients may experience the sensation of the Urgent PC treatment in different ways, it’s difficult to say what the treatment would feel like to you. However, treatment with Urgent PC is typically well tolerated by patients. Urgent PC offers many different levels of stimulation, so Dr. Blair and Dr. Boczko will be able to adjust treatment to suit you as well as address any discomfort that you might experience during treatment.
How soon will I see results?
Because Urgent PC gently modifies the signals to achieve bladder control, it will probably take at least 6 treatments for you to see your symptoms change. A majority of individuals using this type of neuromodulation experience significant improvement in their bladder control symptoms. It is important that you continue receiving treatments for the recommended 12 treatments before you and your physician evaluate whether this therapy is an appropriate treatment for your symptoms.
What are the risks associated with PTNS?
The risks associated with PTNS treatment are low. Potential side effects include discomfort or bleeding at the stimulation site.
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