What is the role of sacral nerve stimulation in the treatment of constipation and how effective is it?

Updated: Jul 05, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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There is increasing interest in the use of sacral nerve stimulation in carefully selected patients with severe refractory constipation. In such patients, temporary percutaneous stimulation is typically used for 2-3 weeks to seek benefit, but such trials may not always predict success with permanently implanted nerve stimulators. [44, 45] This technology seems promising, but further experience will be required to clarify its indications, risks, and benefits.


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