Sacral Neuromodulation

Sacral Neuromodulation is a therapy to control abnormally functioning bladder and bowels. It is also used for various forms of pelvic pain. A stimulator is implanted in the patient which sends electrical signals to the sacral nerves. The sacral nerves supply and receive input from the bladder, bowel and pain receptors of the pelvis.

The Sunninghill Unit works in close collaboration with the Pelvic and Urotherapy Institute of South Africa. This is a unique unit on the African continent that assesses and manages various types of pelvic problems. The care that patients with urinary incontinence, urinary retention, bowel incontinence and dysfunction as well as pelvic pain receive, is second to none in this state of the art unit.

Potential patients for neurostimulation are assessed very carefully by a multidisciplinary team to ensure a very high success rate of treatment of 90%. The unit has a better treatment outcome than the worldwide average which is around 70%.

Types of patients treated include those with chronic pelvic pain including

  • CRPS type pain
  • multiple sclerosis patients
  • patients with spinal injuries
  • patients with severe over active bladder and non-functioning bladders, intractable interstitial cystitis etc.

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