PTNS for Overactive Bladder

Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) is a drug-free, non-surgical treatment for overactive bladder and associated urinary incontinence.

How does it work?

PTNS stimulates the tibial nerve in order to interrupt abnormal reflexes that are responsible for the bladder dysfunction.

How effective is PTNS?

PTNS success rate is 54-80% with patients reporting improvement even in cases when drugs and other therapies have failed. PTNS is also the safest, least invasive form of neuromodulation with the least side-effects.

What to expect during the treatment?

The treatment involves placing an adhesive electrode pad to the ankle just above the tibial nerve. The electrode pad is then connected to a hand-held nerve stimulator which sends an electrical impulse to the nerve. This nerve impulse is transmitted to the area that controls bladder and pelvic floor muscles.

When can I expect an improvement?

An entire course consists of 12 weekly treatments. Some patients respond after 2 weeks and most patients see an improvement after 6 to 8 weeks. A small group of patients experience improvements after the recommended 12 weeks.

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