Bladder pacemaker urgently needed for overactive bladder
Posted Mar 07 2012 3:44am
Sacral nerveBundle of fibres that carries information in the form of electrical impulses. stimulation is sometimes referred to as the ‘pacemakerA small electrical device that functions to maintain a normal heart rate. for the bladderThe organ that stores urine.’. As University College Hospital London Consultant Urologist, Mr Jeremy Ockrim explains in his article for totalhealth:
In an ‘overactive bladder’ the sacral nervesBundles of fibres that carry information in the form of electrical impulses. send unwanted messages to the bladder, causing it to contract suddenly, which is what causes the urgency, and empty without due warning... Sacral nerve stimulation works by interrupting this ‘faulty circuit’ and restoring normal communication between the nerves, brain, and bladder.
He goes on to explain that the same nerves send pain messages to the brain and, by using sacral neuromodulation, 40–70% of people suffering from pelvicRelating to the pelvis. and bladder pain will have reduced pain.
Sacral nerve stimulation is an exciting new development to help patients suffering from this embarrassing problem and patients will find this plain English article is highly informative.