When medication therapy, targeting the muscular component of Overactive Bladder (OAB), is unable to achieve the desired symptomatic results, other options must be considered. One such option is Sacral Neuromodulation Therapy (SNM), which targets the nerve miscommunication between the bladder/bowel and the brain.
SNM Therapy has treated over 150,000 patients worldwide. It is indicated for use in patients suffering from urgency-frequency, urgency incontinence, incomplete emptying and retention, as well as faecal incontinence.
A unique characteristic of SNM is that the therapy offers the ability to test each patient with either a Basic or Advanced Evaluation. SNM works on regulating the signals in the bladder/bowel and brain communication pathways. The test can help determine if a nerve miscommunication is the culprit behind the bladder or bowel issues a patient may be experiencing.
SNM testing options and the therapy are all minimally invasive and fully reversible.
Specialists at the Australian Centre for Bladder and Bowel Incontinence provide a range of procedural interventions including Botulinum Toxin injections and Sacral Nerve Stimulation.. The use of sacral nerve stimulation has been widely employed as a treatment for faecal incontinence, however following recent changes in the Medical Benefits Schedule this therapy is now available for patients experiencing urinary incontinence.