Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common urological condition that affects millions of Americans. Patients with this condition typically struggle with urinary frequency, urgency, leakage and nocturia (frequent trips to the restroom during the night). The OAB care pathway includes fundamental treatment options such as behavior and lifestyle changes, medications and pelvic floor physical therapy. However, not all patients respond to these treatments and require advanced solutions. One of these solutions is Axonics Sacral Neuromodulation.
What is Axonics Sacral Neuromodulation?
Axonics Sacral Neuromodulation is a third-line therapy that offers long-lasting symptom relief for both OAB and urinary retention. The Axonics System works by delivering low-level electrical stimulation to nerves that control the bladder. This stimulation works to restore normal communication between the bladder and the brain in order to significantly improve urinary symptoms. The system is a miniature, rechargeable neurostimulator that is surgically implanted into the buttocks. The device is designed to function for at least 15 years which decreases the need for repeat surgeries.
Benefits of the Axonics System
Patients considering a third-line therapy solution for overactive bladder could benefit from the following:
- The system has a rechargeable battery that lasts approximately 20 years. Typically, patients will need to recharge the device’s battery once every 4 to 6 weeks for about an hour.
- The system includes a charging belt that charges the battery, and a re-charge free remote control that communicates with the stimulator to detect when it is working, and signals the patient when the battery needs to be recharged.
- The device is MRI compatible so patients are able to undergo full-body imaging without having the device removed.
- Patients undergo an external trial of the device prior to having it permanently implanted. The trial consists of having the patient wear a small, disposable device, for a short period of time, to help them determine if the therapy provides them with notable symptom reduction.
Axonic Modulation Technologies has shared the following educational resource materials for patient review. Please note: Some of the materials supplied by Axonics references bowel incontinence. Urology Austin providers do not treat bowel incontinence. If you’re struggling with overactive bladder or urinary retention, contact Urology Austin to schedule an appointment with one of our providers to see if the Axonics System is right for you.
Introduction to Axonics therapy video – Please note: this video references urinary incontinence, urinary retention and bowel incontinence. Urology Austin providers do not treat bowel incontinence.
How to use the remote control video
Patient testimonial videos