Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation, or PTNS, is a newer treatment for those dealing with overactive bladder symptoms, and many patients are having great success with this procedure.
This treatment is done in our office in Barron and is virtually pain-free. PTNS is designed to stimulate the nerves responsible for bladder control using the tibial nerve in your lower leg.
During treatment, a small, slim needle electrode is inserted near your tibial nerve and connected to a battery-powered stimulator. The impulses travel to the tibial nerve and then to the sacral nerve, which controls bladder function.
Each treatment lasts approximately 30 minutes, and you would typically receive 12 treatments one week apart. After the first 12 weeks, your provider will evaluate your response to treatment and determine if additional treatments are necessary.
Not all treatments, tests and services are available at all Mayo Clinic Health System locations. Check with your preferred location in advance.