Dr. Art Sedrakyan: Implantable Device That Treats Incontinence May Require Repeat Surgeries

A surgically implanted device used to regulate bladder and bowel control often requires additional operations to repair or replace, according to a new study by Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian investigators.

The device, a sacral neuromodulator, stimulates the nerves that lead to the bladder, bowels and pelvic floor, helping to regulate the need to urinate and pass stool. The study, published Feb. 14 in JAMA Surgery, found that one in three patients required additional surgeries, or reinterventions, within three to five years of their initial procedure, largely because of device failure or malfunction.

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