Posterior Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS)

With up to 25 - 30% of women aged 45 to 65 years suffering from incontinence Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital has introduced an effective outpatient treatment to the range of therapies for this common condition.

Posterior Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) is a new treatment for urinary frequency and urgency, most commonly caused by an overactive bladder, is now available at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital with Ms Rohna Kearney Consultant Gynaecologist and Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital Outpatient nurses.

PTNS is a form of neuromodulation which can be used with, or as an alternative to, other treatments such as fluid modification, bladder retraining and anticholinergic medication.

The treatment targets the tibial nerve in the ankle and modifies the nerve impulses sent to the bladder which contribute to the development of urgency.

A small acupuncture needle is inserted into the ankle near the Tibial nerve and is then connected to a stimulator device.

At the end of twelve 30 minute outpatient sessions, usually undertaken once or perhaps twice per week, there is a 70% chance of improvement. Sometimes further “top ups” are given depending upon the initial response. Patients have some slight tingling when the needle is inserted but then do not feel anything while the treatment is taking place.

Side effects are minimal and so far the treatment has been very well tolerated.

Are there people who should not use Urgent PC?

  • Patients with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators
  • Patients prone to excessive bleeding
  • Patients with nerve damage that could impact either percutaneous tibial nerve or pelvic floor function
  • Patients who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the duration of the treatment 

PTNS has recently been approved by NICE and is now one of range of therapies available at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital for urinary incontinence. Please click here for further information:

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Consultant Gynaecologist Ms Rohna Kearney

Ms Kearney qualified as a medical doctor from University College Dublin, National University of Ireland. During her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ireland she became avidly interested in the field of Urogynaecology. She obtained a research fellowship in the Department of Pelvic Floor Surgery at the University of Michigan, USA with Professor John DeLancey. Ms Kearney's research and medical doctorate was in pelvic floor imaging and the pathogenesis of childbirth related pelvic floor injury. She completed her subspecialty training in urogynaecology at University College Hospital, London, prior to taking up a consultant post at Addenbrooke's Hospital. She is accredited by the Royal College of Obstetricians in laparoscopic surgery.

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What should I do next?

Insured Patients
Simply visit your GP and ask them to refer you to one of our consultants. Your GP will write a letter of referral and then you can contact us on 01223 266 990 to arrange your first out-patient appointment.

Self Pay Patients
For self-pay treatments, simply call us on 01223 266 929 to request a guide price or to discuss your personal situation

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