Restoring Bowel Control

Effective new therapy improves quality of life for people with fecal incontinence

Lack of bowel control can have a debilitating effect on everyday life, with physical, mental and emotional consequences. People with fecal incontinence plan their whole day around access to a bathroom. Many avoid business functions, have difficulty traveling, and miss out on special events with family and friends. Some are afraid to venture from their homes at all.

Now there’s a proven new method to restore bowel control and the ability to enjoy life again.

Comparatively better than current options

Medtronic’s InterStim® Therapy is a minimally invasive procedure proven to be significantly more effective than current therapeutic approaches, such as bulking agents, dietary modification and pelvic floor exercises.

Clinical studies show 83% of patients achieve 50% or greater reduction in fecal incontinent episodes per week, and as many as 47% achieve complete continence at 12 months post procedure.

Restoring function

The Interstim device is surgically implanted in the upper buttock, and a wireless programmer is used to activate and set up the stimulation. InterStim uses mild electrical stimulation of the sacral nerves to influence the behavior of the anal sphincters, pelvic floor muscles and bowel.

Test determines probable success

InterStim therapy is the only bowel control treatment option that has a test to determine probable success prior to surgery. In clinical studies, up to 90% of patients who participated in test stimulations had a positive response, with symptom reduction of at least 50%.

GANV provides this first step, identifying patients whose fecal incontinence may be improved by InterStim Therapy.

If you suffer from …

  • Accidental loss or leakage of stool—sometimes unable to make it to the bathroom in time
  • Bowel accidents while unaware—no warning and/or while asleep
  • Frequent, loose, watery stools
  • Sudden or strong urge to go to the bathroom
  • Bowel accidents when passing gas

… you should talk to your primary care physician or gastroenterologist. If you’ve tried current methods with little or no results, you may be a candidate for InterStim. Call us to schedule an appointment.

Providers specializing in InterStim:

Ahmed Hegab, MD