What is the role of sacral neuromodulation in the treatment of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS)?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Neuromodulation, or InterStim, is indicated for the treatment of some types of refractory voiding dysfunction, including urgency, frequency, and urge incontinence. This involves surgical placement of an electrode into the S-3 foramen to provide direct sacral nerve root stimulation. This technique has demonstrated some promising results in select patients with interstitial cystitis in some but not all studies, especially in the long term.


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