Millions of Americans struggle with urinary leakage, also known as urinary incontinence. There are several types of urinary incontinence including urge incontinence. Urge incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine that occurs suddenly. In fact, the urge to urinate can be so strong, that the individual may not be able to reach a restroom in time. This is especially problematic if the person has mobility problems due to a health issue, functional restrictions or age. Urologists routinely evaluate patients who are experiencing urge incontinence. Oftentimes, conservative options such a behavioral changes, bladder training, and medications, can make a positive and long-lasting impact for people with urge incontinence. For qualifying patients, Urology Austin is now offering eCoin tibial stimulation, a minimally invasive, third-line therapy to treat this condition.
What is eCoin tibial stimulation?
eCoin is a small FDA-approved neuro stimulation device that is inserted under the skin near the ankle that offers long-lasting relief of urge incontinence. This treatment option is meant to eliminate the need for lifestyle/behavioral change, chronic use of medications, botox bladder injections, PTNS and Sacral Neuromodulation surgery. Patients who are interested in this option will be evaluated by their Urologist to determine if this solution will effectively meet their specific needs.
How does eCoin work?
eCoin is a minimally invasive procedure in which a Urologist will place the device under the skin using a local anesthetic. After the incision is healed and the eCoin is activated, it will automatically deliver intermittent tibial stimulation of the lower leg twice per week. Tibial stimulation is meant to reduce and help control the symptoms of urge urinary incontinence. Once activated, patients do not need to manage the device. Data indicates that patients should begin experiencing relief after four weeks, and even greater results after eight weeks.
Patient care prior to insertion
After the device is inserted, the patient should keep the incision dry for two week by using a leg shower bag. Patients should also wear footwear without heels and avoid vigorous activities such as jogging, biking and swimming for at least eight weeks. Remember, the Urologist will only activate the eCoin device after the initial incision is completely healed, so it’s important to allow the incision to heal completely.
If you are struggling with urge urinary incontinence, contact Urology Austin to schedule an evaluation of your symptoms. Talk to your provider to learn more about the treatment options for urge incontinence, and find out if eCoin is right for you.
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