Technology offers relief from urinary incontinence

Dr. Suzette Sutherland is involved in three clinical trials designed to make urinary incontinence more manageable.

Women experience the condition in different ways. The main two involve an overactive bladder and a feeling of urgency associated with a nagging or uncontrollable urge to void. One treatment for bladder-urgency is called neuromodulation, a therapy used for more than 20 years to treat bladder and pelvic disorders.  All three of the clinical trials are evluating prospective advancements to this technology.

“Neuromodulation sends electrical stimulation to the nerves in the pelvic area that then redirect or modulate the pelvic nerves in order to get the bladder to calm down,” Sutherland explained. She described the current implantable devices as “pacemakers” for the pelvic nerves that can reduce or eliminate the need for regular checkups. 

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