Urinary Incontinence Specialist

Meena Jain, MD., MBBS., FACOG

Cosmetics and Skin Care & Minimally Invasive Robotic Gynecology located in St. Petersburg, FL

It’s an embarrassing medical condition that affects many women, but urinary incontinence doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying your life. Women’s health expert Dr. Meena Jain at her practice in St. Petersburg, Florida, offers a revolutionary treatment for urinary incontinence with InterStim®, an implant that fixes the messaging between your bladder and brain. For more information, call the office or book an appointment online.

Urinary Incontinence Q&A

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is a condition in which you don’t have full control over your bladder and experience unexpected loss of urine.

The types of urinary incontinence include:

  • Stress incontinence: loss of urine when you sneeze or run
  • Urgency incontinence: sudden and strong need to urinate immediately before you lose your urine
  • Mixed incontinence: combination of both stress and urgency incontinence

Most women have mixed incontinence.

What causes urinary incontinence?

There are two reasons why you may be experiencing urinary incontinence:

  • Your brain isn’t getting the right signal from your bladder alerting you that you need to urinate
  • Your bladder sphincter muscles aren’t squeezing strong enough to hold the flow of urine

Like the types of urinary incontinence, most women have both issues.

You may be more at risk of developing urinary incontinence if you have a family history, are Caucasian, or have a urinary defect.

What is InterStim?

InterStim is an implantable medical device that helps give you back control over your urination. It uses neuromodulation to improve the electrical signaling between your bladder and brain.

Dr. Jain recommends InterStim if other treatments, such as medications and behavioral changes, aren’t helping you manage your urinary incontinence.  

How does InterStim work?

InterStim works by sending mild electrical pulses to your sacral nerves, which are the nerves that control the bladder, along with the muscles responsible for starting and stopping urination, to improve the communication between your bladder and your brain.

What can I expect during placement of InterStim?

Before the InterStim is placed, Dr. Jain conducts a four to five-day trial to see if the medical device makes a good choice for you before permanent placement. During the trial, the leads are placed, but you wear the medical device on the waist of your pants.

Permanent placement of InterStim is minimally invasive and done under local anesthesia, so you’re awake to assist with proper placement of the leads. The device itself gets securely and discreetly implanted in your buttocks.

What happens after placement of InterStim?

After placement, Dr. Jain has you come back in for regular follow-ups for monitoring. The InterStim device is similar to a pacemaker and Dr. Jain will need to do a minimally invasive procedure every four to five years for replacement of your battery.

If you’re struggling with urinary incontinence and would like to learn more about your treatment options, call the office or book an appointment online.

*Individual results may vary