Questions about: Sacral nerve stimulation (neuromodulation)
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Sacral nerve stimulation, or neuromodulation, (SNS) uses electrical currents to reset the faulty nerves that cause faecal incontinence.

Why you might need it

Sacral Nerve Stimulation is a treatment used for patients suffering from faecal incontinence.

Spire Leeds Hospital in Roundhay has established a reputation for medical excellence across a broad range of services and this is reflected in the expertise provided by its pain management specialist team who treat patients with many types of chronic pain.

How much does it cost?

A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation. Spire Healthcare can provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

Who will do it?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want. They'll be with you every step of the way.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.

Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-specialty surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.

Before your treatment

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

Preparing for your treatment

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.

Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.

The procedure

Sacral Nerve Stimulation, or neuromodulation, (SNS) uses electrical currents to reset the faulty nerves that cause faecal incontinence.

SNS is a surgical procedure that comprises an initial X-ray-guided trial, carried out under sedation, and, if you are suitable, surgical insertion of a permanent neuromodulation device, which is carried out under general anaesthetic at a later date.


Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way.

Patients undergoing SNS will be seen as an outpatient, where a consultant colorectal surgeon will assess you and discuss your suitability for this procedure. You will then attend the hospital at a later date for your SNS trial and a third time if suitable for placement of the permanent device.

Why choose Spire?

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

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Important to note

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.