Thank you for signing up to receive weekly educational emails about Urgent PC percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) therapy and how to get the most out of your overactive bladder treatment plan. This information is not intended to replace medical advice. You should always talk to your provider if you have questions about your care.

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How are things going with your Urgent PC PTNS therapy?  While a few patients might start to see improvements by now, for most it will be at least a few more weeks before they see any major changes.

In the meantime, continue to focus on making good lifestyle choices. Also remember to complete a voiding diary a day or two before your next appointment. Your provider will ask how often you are voiding and have urinary accidents, how bad your urge is, and how much you're drinking. 

Continue with "Conservative"

Unfortunately, there is no miracle cure for overactive bladder that will magically fix everything without time and effort. Even proven therapies like Urgent PC PTNS work better when patients continue to pay attention to "conservative" measures such watching food and beverage choices and staying active. Here are some key things to keep in mind.

Keep drinking
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily
  • Half of your total fluids should be water
  • Drink most of your fluids before dinner
  • Don't drink too much liquid at once (sip instead of gulp)
Bladder irritants to avoid or consume in moderation 
  • Beverages and foods containing caffeine (chocolate, tea, coffee, soda)
  • Carbonated beverages (carbonated sodas, carbonated water)
  • Highly acidic or spicy foods
  • Citrus fruits (grapefruit, oranges, lemon, lime)
  • Tomato products
  • Artificial sweeteners (sugar-free foods, diet soda)
  • Alcohol
  • Alternating water with bladder irritants can help control symptoms
Prevent constipation
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Eat fiber (24 - 30 grams a day)
Keep your weight at a normal level
  • Losing a few pounds might help you get your bladder symptoms under control. In a 6-month study, an 8% weight loss in obese women (20 lb loss for a 250 lb woman) cut the number of incontinence episodes nearly in half!

Helpful Links

Urgent PC Transformations - Lifestyle Goals
Answers to Common Questions about PTNS
Animation: How PTNS works
Patient Stories

Again, we wish you the very best on your Urgent PC PTNS journey.  While we are always happy to hear from patients, the best resource for questions about your care is always your provider.

Until next week,