UK – NICE recommends wireless device for overactive bladder

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended a rechargeable wireless device to be fitted to patients with an overactive bladder.

The technology, dubbed Axonics sacral neuromodulation (SNM), simulates the sacral nerve with an electric current via an electrode (thin wire) and is inserted under the skin in the upper buttock.

NICE says that the electrode is attached to an implantable pulse generator which stimulates the nerves associated with bladder function, with the aim of the stimulation to make the bladder work in a more controllable way; a bit like a pacemaker for the heart…