Electrical impulses are applied to the sacral nerve plexus, the nerves that control bladder function.
Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) is a treatment for overactive bladder and associated symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urge incontinence.
Clinical trials and published studies have shown PTNS to be clinically effective in 60-80%(1-3) of patients, giving high satisfaction rates and substantial improvements in quality of life.
PTNS could help with:
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A small, slim needle electrode will be temporarily inserted near the tibial nerve close to the ankle, this will then be connected to a battery-powered stimulator. The stimulator’s impulses will travel through the tibial nerve and then to the sacral nerve plexus, the nerves that control bladder function.
You will receive an initial series of 12 treatments, typically scheduled a week apart. Each treatment will last approximately 30 minutes. If you respond to treatment you may need occasional treatments at a later date to sustain your results. Each 30 minute appointment takes place in our outpatient department in the comfort of a private room.
Potential side effects associated with PTNS treatments include discomfort and pain (including throbbing pain) near the stimulation site, redness/inflammation at or near the stimulation site, toe numbness or stomach ache. (Please note that these are rare side effects.)
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.