UAMS Cures Patient’s Incontinence, Prevents Need for Dialysis
Incontinence turned Laurene Payton’s life upside down for more than a year.
Then her prognosis became even more dire.
Payton, of Hot Springs, learned that her improperly functioning bladder was causing urine to back into her kidneys, and without a solution she was facing kidney dialysis.
Her nephrologist referred her to Ayman Mahdy, M.D., a urology specialist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Mahdy, who has expertise in voiding dysfunction, female urology, urodynamics and urologic reconstruction, performed a comprehensive evaluation.
Made by Medtronic, the InterStim® Therapy implant is the only FDA-approved device of its kind. The implant allows patients to resume daily activities without having to carry or see the device. A remote control allows Payton to turn it on and off and to change the stimulation amplitude up and down. Otherwise the device works on/off automatically.
Three months after the implant, Payton said she is essentially cured, thanks to the device.
“I’ve had great success,” she said. “Dr. Mahdy did a wonderful job. This is a procedure that’s simple and it works.”