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Smart Programmer for Medtronic’s InterStim gets FDA approval

19th December 2018

Medtronic’s InterStim neuromodulation therapy system is used for the treatment of overactive bladder, chronic fecal incontinence, and non-obstructive urinary retention. The FDA have approved a new smart programmer for the InterStim system which provides an app-based platform for implant and long-term therapy management, and streamlines multiple devices into a single, intuitive, touchscreen Samsung mobile device that enables clinicians to personalize each patient’s care and allows patients to adjust and manage their own therapy within clinician-defined limits in seven standard pre-set programs.
Steven Siegel, MD, Metro Urology Canters for Female Urology and Continence Care in Minneapolis, said: “In addition to simplified programming and ongoing management of InterStim therapy, the smart programmer is discreet, which is meaningful to patients because OAB can greatly impact confidence, intimacy, and activities. It takes courage to seek treatment and many struggle to find long-term relief. My goal is to address OAB symptoms and help restore my patients’ quality of life, and I’m pleased to have a tool like the InterStim smart programmer for patients who may benefit from neuromodulation.”
Linnea Burman, VP and general manager of Medtronic’s pelvic health and gastric therapies business, said: “Medtronic pioneered sacral neuromodulation two decades ago and we continue to innovate to improve the patient and physician experience and make it easier for more patients to find effective relief from both OAB and FI with the InterStim system. The advanced technology of the smart programmer paves the way for future digital health solutions, like digital symptom tracking, and should give physicians and patients’ confidence that relief and restored quality of life are possible.”

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