At Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood, Essex, we offer Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) treatment to patients with an overactive bladder or faecal incontinence. Patients come to us from Brentwood, Billericay, Chelmsford, Wickford, Romford and surrounding areas.
PTNS is a form of neuromodulation. A small, slim needle electrode is temporarily inserted near the tibial nerve close to the ankle. This is then connected to a battery-powered stimulator. The stimulator’s impulses will travel through the tibial nerve and to the sacral nerve plexus, the nerves that control bladder and sphincter function.
The service is carried out by a uro-gynae nurse or a specialist women's health physiotherapist in a clean and safe hospital environment. It is a minimally invasive treatment administered for 30 minute sessions once a week, generally over a 12 week period.
Clinical trials and published studies have shown PTNS to be clinically effective in 60-80% of patients, giving high satisfaction rates and substantial improvements in quality of life. This treatment has been approved by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence).
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