Nerve Stimulation for Overactive Bladder

The Journal of Urology published a study showing participants with urinary frequency, urgency and involuntary loss of urine maintained significant improvement in their symptoms after receiving tibial nerve stimulation.

Tibial nerve stimulation is a painless procedure that takes place in an outpatient setting. A slim needle electrode is inserted in the ankle, near the tibial nerve. It carries electric impulses from a hand-held stimulator to the nerves in the spinal cord that control pelvic floor function.

Study participants received an average of one tibial nerve treatment per month and after 14 weeks of treatment, 77 percent of patients maintained “moderate or marked improvement” in OAB symptoms.

According to the Urology Care Foundation, about 33 million Americans — men and women — have OAB. The number of people diagnosed with OAB may be much larger because many people living with this condition don’t ask for help; they are embarrassed or unaware of available treatments.