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Sacral Nerve Stimulation
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) is treatment for urinary retention without blockage, overactive bladder symptoms, and fecal incontinence. Electrical impulses are sent directly to the sacral nerves to improve or restore bladder or bowel function. SNS is done when medicines and behavior therapy are not effective.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
You will need to have regular visits to monitor your symptoms. Your healthcare provider will also need to check the programming of your device. Write down your questions and bring them and your symptoms diary with you to every visit.
- Let all of your healthcare providers know you have an implanted sacral nerve stimulation device.
- Keep the card that identifies you have an implanted stimulator with you at all times.
- Keep the programming device with you at all times.
- Limit activity such as stretching and lifting. Ask your healthcare provider how long you need to limit activity.
- Write down if you have symptoms. Ask your healthcare provider how to complete the diary of symptoms.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have pain at the stimulator site.
- You have a fever and the stimulator site is red and warm to the touch.
- Your symptoms return or get worse.
- You have new pain or new symptoms with stimulation.
- You feel like you are being shocked with the stimulator on or off.
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