Axonics

Axonics Specialists Houston Texas

If bladder or bowel control symptoms are keeping you from enjoying your life, it’s time to change that. Sacral neuromodulation therapy is a proven treatment option for helping millions of people who suffer from urinary or bowel incontinence finally find relief. The Texas Pain Care team in the Sugar Land, Missouri City and Houston areas knows just how debilitating these symptoms can be and are dedicated to helping their patients find relief by utilizing Axonics Therapy.

What is Sacral Neuromodulation?

Sacral neuromodulation is a therapy option that works to re-engage proper communication between the brain and the sacral nerves that control the bladder and bowels. The sacral plexus is a network of nerves that is located in the lower part of the spine. These nerves provide motor control to and receive sensory information from most of the pelvis and leg. When these nerves are damaged, a person could experience urinary or fecal incontinence. 

Neuromodulation therapy works by stimulating the sacral nerves with tiny electrical pulses with the goal to better regulate the sacral nerves’ proper functioning. The goal of Axonics Therapy is to restore the normal functioning of the sacral nerves and reduce the improper signaling that can cause leaks, the sudden urge to go, or going too often. 

What is Axonics Therapy?

Axonics’ bladder and bowel therapy is a long-lasting and clinically proven treatment option that helps restore normal function of the bladder and bowel. It helps to treat symptoms of overactive bladder, bowel incontinence and urinary retention. You might be a candidate for Axonics Therapy if you experience any of the following bladder or bowel control symptoms:

Axonics Therapy uses a miniature implant that is placed under the skin to provide gentle stimulation to the nerves that control the bladder and bowel. This can help restore normal communication between the brain and the bladder and bowel, which can result in an improvement of symptoms. 

How Does Axonics Therapy Work?

Axonics works by stimulating the sacral nerves with a goal to restore normal functioning and reduce the incorrect signaling that can cause leaks, a sudden urge to go, or going too often. As the bladder and bowel fill, nerve signals are sent to the brain to alert you. The brain then sends nerve signals down to empty the bladder and bowel. If the nerves aren’t working properly, a person might not be able to go to the bathroom when intended, or fully empty their bladder or bowel. When the nerves are working as they should, they are able to interpret signals from the brain and transfer them to the surrounding pelvic floor muscles, which allows the bladder and bowel to function properly.  

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What are the Benefits of Axonics Therapy?

Axonics is an attractive treatment option for patients who have not responded to or found symptom relief from more conservative treatments such as changes to diet, medication and physical therapy. This treatment option has effectively eliminated the symptoms of an overactive bladder or bowel incontinence. 

Benefits of Axonics Therapy include: 

Small size: the implant device is small and thin, allowing for limitation-free lifestyle

Long-term treatment: the device itself is designed to provide therapy for up to two decades

MRI eligibility: patients are still able to safely undergo a full-body MRI under approved conditions

Clinically proven: clinical trials have proven helpful for both regaining bladder and bowel control and improving quality of life

In fact, at one year post treatment, nine out of 10 patients were satisfied with their therapy method and enjoyed a 50% or greater reduction in symptoms, all while experiencing almost no pain at the implant site. 

What Does the Axonics Therapy Procedure Involve?

It’s important to partner with a pain management specialist who can properly and accurately diagnose your symptoms and determine the best treatment option for you. The goal of the Axonics Therapy is to restore the normal functioning of the sacral nerves and reduce the improper signaling that can cause leaks, the sudden urge to go, or going too often. 

The procedure itself is a two-part process. The first stage is a two-week trial and evaluation period where the patient will use a wearable, external version of the Axonics device to determine if the treatment is effective and providing needed symptom relief. The patient is asked to keep a journal of symptom relief and also noting how the device fits into day-to-day activities. If the trial period proves helpful, a permanent device will be implanted. 

The device is implanted as an out-patient procedure, meaning the patient will return home the same day. After the doctor cleans the area, an anesthetic will be given to help the patient be more comfortable, and the provider will implant the permanent device near the sacral nerves in the lower back. The entire procedure takes anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. 

The device will not be visually noticeable once implanted as it’s about the size of a quarter. Patients will be able to manage their level of electrical pulse stimulation via a hand-held programming remote. Your provider can also program the device to turn off and on at regular intervals if the patient does not need constant stimulation.  

Axonics Therapy has proven useful for the millions of adults who suffer from urinary urgency incontinence (UUI), bowel incontinence, overactive bladder (OAB), urinary frequency, and nonobstructive urinary retention (UR). Now, patients are able to enjoy a greater lifestyle without restrictions, including being able to go on longer walks, traveling, or sitting through a movie. 

If you have questions about Axonics Therapy or would like to know if you’re a candidate, please schedule an appointment today with the Texas Pain Care team in the Sugar Land, Missouri City and Houston areas. We are dedicated to helping our patients find the needed and necessary relief from their bladder or bowel control symptoms with a goal to help them enjoy a high quality of life. 

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