November 19, 2020
UPMC Colorectal Surgeon Offers Unique Stim Treatment
Jasneet Bhullar, MD, MS, FACS, FASCRS, colorectal surgeon, UPMC Williamsport, offers patients an innovative latest electro-stimulation treatment option for diarrhea and bowel incontinence.
InterStim™ II is a discreet neurostimulator system which electrically stimulates the sacral nerve to normalize neural communication between the bowel and nerves. The system is comprised of a lead which is inserted into the body in a minimally invasive procedure as an outpatient. There are no restrictions for the patient and the new device is MRI compatible. Patients can adjust their device with an easy-to-use controller and work with their provider on long-term management of the device.
“Our bodies have complex electrical and muscular network and for many of my patients their bowel incontinence is caused by one of multiple factors,” said Dr. Bhullar. “The InterStim™ II system is a viable long-term solution for these patients. What’s unique about this treatment option is that during the test phase if the patient sees improvement, the device can be left in place. However, if the patient does not see improvement, we can easily remove the lead. It has the best long-term results as compared to any other treatment options available.”
Dr. Bhullar is the first colorectal surgeon in northcentral Pennsylvania to perform InterStim™ II therapy for diarrhea and bowel incontinence.