There is an effective treatment for overactive bladder (OAB) that works by involving the nerves responsible for bladder control. It’s called percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS). No surgery is required for this painless therapy. The team of specialists at Urology Care, P.C. in Tucson, Arizona, offers PTNS as part of their commitment to freeing men and women from the frustrating effects of OAB. Call today to schedule an appointment or book your visit online.
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a collection of symptoms that affect your urinary bladder, the most common of which is the sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate.
This can occur whether your bladder is full or contains only a small amount of urine and may happen many times throughout the day and night. OAB often leads to urge incontinence, the unexpected loss of urine that occurs when you don’t make it to the bathroom quickly enough.
When you have OAB, the nerve signals between your bladder and brain are not functioning or communicating correctly. PTNS is a non-invasive treatment that provides electrical stimulation to the nerves controlling your bladder and pelvic floor function.
These painless electrical pulses help the brain and bladder nerves communicate more effectively, which helps improve bladder function and significantly decreases, even eliminates, symptoms such as urinary frequency and urge incontinence.
PTNS treatments take about 30 minutes and are performed at the Urology Care facility. During the procedure, as you recline with your foot elevated, your provider places a needle electrode near the tibial nerve at your ankle. A nerve stimulator is then connected to the electrode near your ankle.
When activated, the nerve stimulator sends mild electrical pulses to the tibial nerve. These electrical signals travel to the group of nerves at the base of your spine that is responsible for bladder function and control.
Stimulation of these nerves with gentle electrical impulses (called neuromodulation) can lead to positive changes in bladder activity.
You may notice very mild tingling in your foot or ankle during PTNS, but the procedure is usually painless and has no significant side effects.
Your Urology Care provider discusses the treatment expectations in detail before you begin PTNS therapy. Generally, however, it’s recommended that you have a series of 12 treatments spaced one week apart.
You don’t have to live with the frustration and embarrassment of overactive bladder. Schedule a visit at Urology Care today to discuss your treatment options. Call the office or book your appointment online.