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Has anyone heard of this bladder pacemaker
Sacral Nerve Stimulation
Interstime Therapy for Urinary Control is a reversible treatment for people with urge incontinence caused by overactive bladder who do not respond to behavioral treatments or medication. Using an implanted neurostimulation system, InterStim Therapy sends mild electrical pulses to the sacral nerve, a nerve near the tailbone in the lower back that influences bladder control muscles. Stimulation of this nerve may relieve the symptoms related to urge incontinence.


Prior to implantation, the effectiveness of the therapy is tested with an external device. For a period of 3 to 5 days, the patient records voiding patterns with the stimulation. The test is done on an outpatient basis and the diary is compared to patterns identified previously to determine if treatment is effective.


Candidates for InterStim Therapy first undergo a test stimulation to determine how responsive they are to the therapy. The test provides information to determine if the device is a viable treatment option, such as the effect of sacral nerve stimulation on symptoms and how the patient experiences the stimulation.


If the test is successful, a patient may receive an implanted InterStim System. The procedure requires general anesthesia. A lead (a special wire with electrical contacts) is placed near the sacral nerve and is passed under the skin to a neurostimulator, which is about the size of a stopwatch. The neurostimulator is placed under the skin in the upper buttock.


Adjustments to the stimulation can be made at the doctor's office, with a programming device that sends a radio signal through the skin to the neurostimulator. An additional programmer is given to the patient to allow further adjustments to the level of stimulation, and the system can be turned off at any time.
Possible adverse effects include the following:

  • Change in bowel function
  • Infection
  • Lead movement
  • Pain at implant sites
  • Unpleasant stimulation or sensation

Surgical augmentation of the bladder is reserved for people who do not benefit from bladder retraining or medication. Those who cannot take medication due to medical conditions or intolerance may find incontinence management devices helpful

Revolutionary exoskeleton that helps wheel-chair bound walk to go on sale in UK
By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 10:14 PM on 6th April 2011..A revolutionary exoskeleton that allows paraplegics to stand and walk up stairs has gone on show in the UK.

The pioneering bionic device, called ReWalk, is the brainchild of engineer Amit Goffer, founder of Argo Medical Technologies, a small Israeli high-tech company.

He said the RoboCop-style suit would be an ideal device for injured British soldiers.

Best foot forward:The 'ReWalk' allows paraplegics to stand and walk

The system, which requires crutches to help with balance, consists of motorized leg supports, body sensors and a back pack containing a computerized control box and rechargeable batteries.

The user picks a setting with a remote control wrist band - stand, sit, walk, descend or climb - and then leans forward, activating the body sensors and setting the robotic legs in motion.

The technology has already been put into use in a specialist spinal injuries unit in Italy, following extensive testing. A consumer version should be on the way later in the year, allowing people to use the system in their own homes.
The suit is on display at the NEC in Birmingham.

Cyclone Technologies is to introduce the system to the UK. It's managing director,

Standing tall: Paraplegic, Radi Kaiof from Israel said he mastered the device after just 10hours
Dave Hawkins said: 'For a paraplegic like myself it means everything.

'It means I can look my kids in the eye stood up, of means I can give my girlfriend a cuddle. It means you can do normal things like going to a gig and standing up to watch.

'We are marketing it towards the military. It would be fantastic for people returning injured from Afghanistan to find they're not stuck as a paraplegic.

'Towards the end of this year we shall have a personal model that will be tailored to match an individual's physical capability, following medical assessment and training in a rehabilitation centre.'

The system will be available for £50,000 to personal users by the start of 2012.  
 
Engineer Amit Goffer developed the Robocop-style exoskeleton

According to Mr Hawkins, he has already potential users expressing interest, including the British Armed Forces.
Radi Kaiof is an Israeli who is trained to use the device. He lost the use of his legs while serving in the Israeli army.
'For me it is amazing, the freedom, to be told I can walk after I thought I could never walk again is brilliant,' he said.

'I have been using it for two years now, it has changed my life, I can live normally again.'
It only took five two-hour sessions for Radi to be completely trained on the system.

Rather than forcing the user into motion the system gives them complete control of the device. From a wrist watch
Radi selects what he wants to do, stand, sit, walk, ascend, and then uses his body movement to control.
After choosing to walk all he needs to do is lean forward and off he goes. Stopping is a simple matter of stopping leaning forward.

There are several medical benefits to using the device.
'Being sat down all the time creates loads of problems,' said Mr Hawking.
'It crushes your internal organs, being able to stand means life is much more comfortable.
'Being sat down when you want to stand causes horrible mental anguish as well.

 

 

 

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