What is Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS)?


Percutaneous nerve stimulation, or
what we call PTNS, is a procedure that’s aimed at realigning the nerve signals within the
nervous system that help control bladder function. There’s a nerve just inside the ankle,
and when that nerve is stimulated it communicates to and talks to the nerves in the low back that actually help control bladder function. So with this procedure what we do is
place a very skinny needle right near that nerve, and it’s connected
to this stimulating box and it’s turned on. For 30 minutes the
woman just sits comfortably in a chair or on the exam table, and that nerve is
being stimulated during that 30-minute session. Once it’s
done, the needle is removed, everything is taken out and she just
goes about the rest of her day. This procedure’s done once a week for 12
weeks and then at the end of 12 weeks, if
she’s had benefit from it we start a maintenance program and we
begin to lengthen out the time inbetween the treatments so that she still maintains the benefit
between the treatment cycles.

1 thought on “What is Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS)?

  1. Thank You for this information. The pamphlet my mother received made it seem as if my mother would have to endure surgery being cut from ankle to the urinary tract to have wires installed and a device attached each week. I am happy to know that she will not endure any surgery as my mother is in her later 70's. I didn't want her being cut on like that. Now I feel more confident in her undergoing this procedure each week so that she can find relief. We are in another state and I always do my research to advise her before any procedure.

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