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What is tibial nerve stimulation for overactive bladder?

Ja-Hong Kim, MD
Urology
Tibial nerve stimulation is a minimally invasive treatment for overactive bladder. This is an office procedure, which is performed by placing an acupuncture needle or patch on part of your ankle. This is connected by a wire to a device that gives electrical impulses from the ankle to the sacral nerves. The protocol is about 12 weekly sessions of about 30 minutes, and if you respond, the treatment can be continued at home with the purchase of a device. The success rate is about 44% to 80%, but it is important to realize that once you stop these treatments, it stops working.
 
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Tibial nerve stimulation is a procedure that sends an impulse along the nerves that control pelvic floor function. It is performed within a doctor's office as a treatment for overactive bladder.

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