InterStim FAQs | Summit UroGynecology in Akron, OH

May 29, 2018

What is the InterStim Procedure?

The InterStim procedure, offered at Summit UroGynecology in Akron, OH, is an innovative treatment option for patients suffering from urinary and bowel incontinence, as well as other pelvic floor disorders. This minimally invasive procedure involves the implantation of a small device, similar to a pacemaker, that helps regulate and control the nerve impulses responsible for bladder and bowel function.

How Does InterStim Work?

InterStim works by modulating the nerves that control the pelvic muscles involved in bladder and bowel function. The device is implanted near the sacral nerves, which are responsible for sending signals between the brain and the pelvic floor. By stimulating these nerves, InterStim helps restore normal control over bladder and bowel function, reducing or eliminating symptoms of incontinence.

Am I a Candidate for InterStim?

InterStim may be a suitable treatment option for individuals who have not responded to other conservative therapies for urinary and bowel incontinence, such as medication, pelvic floor exercises, or dietary changes. It is important to consult with a qualified UroGynecologist like Dr. Grim Harley in Akron, OH, to determine if InterStim is right for you. Factors such as the severity of your symptoms, medical history, and overall health will be considered in the evaluation process.

The InterStim Procedure - What to Expect

Before the InterStim procedure, you will undergo a thorough evaluation by Dr. Grim Harley, who will explain the potential benefits and risks of the procedure. If InterStim is deemed appropriate, the implantation of the device will be scheduled.


Prior to the procedure, you may be required to refrain from taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, to reduce the risk of complications. Dr. Grim Harley will provide specific instructions tailored to your individual needs.

The Procedure

The InterStim procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Grim Harley will make a small incision in the lower back or buttock area to access the sacral nerves. The InterStim device will then be implanted, and the incision will be closed using stitches.

Recovery and Follow-Up Care

Following the procedure, you will be monitored for a brief period before being able to return home the same day. Dr. Grim Harley will provide detailed post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. It is important to attend all follow-up appointments as scheduled to evaluate the effectiveness of the InterStim device and make any necessary adjustments.

Benefits and Risks of InterStim


  • Reduced or eliminated urinary and bowel incontinence
  • Improved quality of life
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Effective alternative for patients who have not responded to conservative therapies


  • Infection at the incision site
  • Device malfunction or displacement
  • Temporary pain or discomfort
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia

Contact Summit UroGynecology in Akron, OH

If you are interested in learning more about the InterStim procedure and whether it may be the right treatment option for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Grim Harley at Summit UroGynecology in Akron, OH. Dr. Harley is a renowned UroGynecologist with extensive experience in providing personalized care and effective treatment solutions for pelvic floor disorders. Take the first step towards improving your quality of life today.

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Contact Info:

Grim Harley, MD Summit UroGynecology 123 Main Street Akron, OH 12345 Phone: 123-456-7890
Momo Momo
Great summary! 👍 Can't wait to learn more about this life-changing procedure! 💫
Nov 11, 2023
Chris Neff
Informative and life-changing procedure.
Oct 14, 2023