Pelvic floor stimulation, is a method of nonsurgical treatment for fecal and/or stress incontinence by electrically stimulating the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor muscles stretch from the pelvic bone to the tailbone.
Pelvic floor stimulation treatment can be delivered in two methods. These methods include:
Will I live longer if I have the pelvic floor stimulation?
Scientific evidence is not available to indicate that pelvic floor stimulation will lengthen your life.
Will pelvic floor stimulation improve my quality of life?
There is no long-term scientific evidence available to show whether or not pelvic floor stimulation will improve your quality of life but practicing the alternative treatments could improve the quality of your life.
Does pelvic floor stimulation make my symptoms better?
No controlled studies were found in published literature that pelvic floor stimulation increased the effectiveness of reduced incontinence.
Published literature addressing the safety of this technology is not available.
Alternative Treatments for Urinary Incontinence:
Alternative Treatments for Fecal Incontinence:
The list price for the pelvic floor electrical stimulators and the electro-magnetic stimulators vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. The duration of the treatment is dependent on the specific needs of the individual.
The cost may or may not be covered by your health benefits plan.
The following are off-site links :
Mayo Clinic. (2012, September). Kegel exercises: A how-to guide for women. Retrieved March 5, 2013 from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/kegel-exercises/WO00119.
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. (2012, December). Fecal incontinence. Retrieved March 5, 2013 from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/fecalincontinence/.
Voorham-Van Der Zalm, P. J., Pelger, R. C., Stiggelbout, A. M., Elzevier, H. W. & Lycklama A Nijeholt, G. A. (2006). Effects of magnetic stimulation in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. BJU International, 97 (5), 1035-1038. Retrieved March 5, 2013 from http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/118599537/PDFSTART.
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