Neuromodulation device success for patients with fecal incontinence
April 25, 2012
The Swedish Colon and
Rectal Clinic successfully treated its first two patients
with Medtronic’s InterStim? neuromodulation device for fecal
incontinence. Both patients have already been seen in follow up
with an amazing and immediate improvement. One patient in
particular was previously afraid to leave the house and had daily
leakage. She is thrilled with the positive outcome. Since
placement of the first-stage device four days ago, she has had no
The technology involves placing a permanent generator attached to
electrical wires, which are positioned near sacral nerves in the
lower back. The procedure requires two stages. First the wires
are placed and attached to a temporary, external test generator.
Once the desired positive effect is confirmed, the permanent
generator is placed.
This is a new day for these patients. There are millions of
patients who could potentially be helped with this new
technology. Up until now physicians had limited treatment options
and none with comparable results. In international studies 70
percent of patients had at least a 50-percent improvement in
episodes of leakage with the majority having much more than that.
Our experience with these first two patients has been dramatic; I
(Here is another picture of the device:)