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Gotta Go Gotta Go Meds not helping? Maybe your Ankle Holds the Answer

by | June 7th, 2010

Nerve Stimulation Device Improves Tough-to-Treat Overactive Bladder Symptoms

Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) is an effective treatment for patients with overactive bladder (OAB) who have failed conservative therapy, according to the results of a multicenter trial released here at the American Urological Association 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting.

“This is the first multicenter, randomized, sham-controlled trial proving that tibial nerve stimulation is very safe and effective for the treatment of OAB symptoms.”

Neuromodulation Targets Nerves That Control Bladder Function

Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) is a type of neuromodulation therapy that uses electrical stimulation to target specific nerves in the sacral plexus that control bladder function. The treatment targets the sacral plexus from which the nerves that control the bladder arise. Stimulation of the posterior tibial nerve at the ankle results in stimulation of these nerves and relieves Overactive Bladder Symptoms (OAB). Unlike InterStim, Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) is intended for office-based treatment of OAB symptoms and requires no incisions or anesthesia.

Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation PTNS should be considered an alternative to oral medication therapy (the gotta go drugs) for the treatment of OAB. “Over 75% of patients treated with OAB meds quit taking these within the first year because of a combination of side effects, cost, and lack of efficacy. Tibial nerve stimulation provides an excellent alternative.”

Dr. Mathews, Plano Urogynecology Associates, offers this effective non-invasive treatment for patients who have failed or are unable to tolerate traditional medications used to treat Overactive Bladder Symptoms. Visit the web site at

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Dr. J. Kyle Mathews is an expert in the field of Urogynecology, minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and reconstructive gynecologic surgery. Dr. Mathews is board certified and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the American College of Surgeons. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Mathews is one of the most experienced surgeons in north Texas.

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