People with incontinence may be surprised to learn that it may simply be caused by a nerve issue. Sacral neuromodulation therapy uses gentle nerve stimulation thought to normalize bladder/bowel-brain communication. It is safe, effective and has been implanted in more than 350,000 patients worldwide. Dr. Melissa Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center urologist, discusses potential solutions to dealing with overactive bladder (OAB) and fecal incontinence (FI) and sources for patients to educate themselves about incontinence and sacral neuromodulation. She is joined by Dr. Linda Brice, a former Captain in the United States Air Force and retired Clinical Associate Professor and Pre-Nursing Advisor at the University of Memphis, who shares her personal story about what it was like to schedule life around trips to the bathroom before getting sacral neuromodulation delivered by the InterStim™ Micro system.
Melissa Kaufman MD, PhD, FACS, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center urologist. She was honored as the 2017 recipient of the Zimskind award from the Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction for outstanding contributions within 10 years of completion of training.