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Bowel InterStim

New treatments for bowel control can give you your life back

Bowel incontinence can be embarrassing and distressing and can affect your quality of life. A proven treatment option that can make a difference for some people is the InterStim™ System.

How does InterStim work?

The technology involves implantation of a small device that targets the communication problem between the brain and the nerves that control your bowel via electrical impulses.

 Are there other options for bowel control?

Many more conservative treatments are available, including dietary and lifestyle changes, physical therapy and certain medications. However, if these treatments have not worked for you, implantation of the InterStim device may be an option.

How can I know if InterStim will work for me?

Before your doctor permanently implants the InterStim device, he or she will implant temporary leads. If you have a good response to the temporary leads, the device can then be permanently implanted. A long-term, 5-year study has shown that 89% of patients have a greater than 50% improvement and 36% have complete continence.1

Will my insurance cover this procedure?

We accept many forms of insurance. Ask us to confirm your insurance coverage for the InterStim™  procedure.  Some insurance companies require predetermination for this technology. In the event that this procedure is not covered by your insurance, our cash pay price is $4,403 per lead. Two leads are the standard for this procedure. This is the CIEC facility fee only.  The professional fee would/could require multiple office visits and the physician fee for the procedure.

It is important to remember that the procedure done at CIEC is only a test of the system to determine if you are able to move forward with the permanent implant. The permanent implant is not done by CIEC.

As a reminder, if choosing cash/self-pay, payment is due at the time of the procedure. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, VISA and Mastercard.

Does the device work for bladder control as well?

Yes, InterStim can be used to assist with control of both bladder and bowel. Contact us for a consultation.

1“Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Volm. 56 No. 2, Feb. 2013: 234-245

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