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Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) is indicated for Overactive Bladder (OAB) symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urge incontinence.

PTNS is an effective, minimal-invasive treatment for overactive bladder syndrome using Urgent PC, leading to improved quality of life. It indirectly stimulate the nerves responsible for bladder control (sacral nerve plexus) using a nerve in the lower leg (tibial nerve).

A small fine needle is inserted near your tibial nerve in your ankle and this is connected to a stimulator device. The treatment acts on the tibial which passes through your ankle to target the nerves in the spinal cord that control pelvic floor function called the sacral nerve plexus. The impulses travel along your nerve pathways and help to retrain your bladder function, thereby relieving your OAB symptoms.

This treatment is carried out by your Urology Nurse Specialist together with your Urologist.

Risks and possible problems:

  • Headache
  • Blood in urine
  • Leg cramps
  • Ankle bruising or tingling in legs
  • Dizziness or fainting due to needle phobia

Note: The incidence of these problems is very limited.