Troubleshooting sacral neuromodulation issues

Maude E. Carmel, Sandip P. Vasavada, Howard B. Goldman

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In the past decade, the use of sacral neuromodulation has increased exponentially. The introduction of the tined lead, the posterior location, and the smaller IPG has changed the frequency and types of complications. These facts explain the reduction of the revision and explantation rates in the most contemporary series, as compared with the earlier data. Infection, pain at the IPG site, and reduced clinical response with or without impedance abnormalities are now the most frequently reported complications. Although infection should be managed with explantation of the entire system, device interrogation should be part of the physician's algorithm for managing patients with decreased sensation or new onset of pain, in order to check the integrity of the system. Patients who are not improved with new programs will most likely need surgical revision. The implanting physician should be aware of the ways to evaluate and manage complications and suboptimal responses, to appropriately troubleshoot patients, and to reduce the need for surgical revision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-369
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent urology reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • Complications
  • Interstim
  • SNM
  • Sacral neuromodulation
  • Urinary urge incontinence urinary retention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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