Abstract

What Is New in Neuromodulation?

Moore CK1, Rueb JJ2, Derisavifard S2. Curr Urol Rep. 2019 Aug 7;20(9):55. doi: 10.1007/s11934-019-0920-6.

 
     

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Glickman Urologic and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Q-10, Cleveland, OH, 44195, USA. MOOREC6@ccf.org.

Glickman Urologic and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Q-10, Cleveland, OH, 44195, USA.

Abstract

Neuromodulation encompassing sacral and peripheral modalities is an established, effective, and safe higher-order treatment option approved in the USA for managing refractory overactive bladder, non-obstructive urinary retention, and fecal incontinence. This review highlights the most recent literature, indications, treatment durability, and the latest innovations in this field. Regarding sacral neuromodulation (SNM), recent work suggests improved parameters for optimal lead placement, increased data to support the lasting effects of treatment, and novel applications of this technology to other pelvic disorders. In addition, there are emerging technologies with smaller MRI compatible devices. Newer data on percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) suggests it may be more beneficial for certain patients. With new technology, implantable tibial nerve stimulators are ushering in a new frontier of nerve stimulation in the comfort of the patient's home.

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