New procedure set to phase out the use of adult diapers
A new treatment procedure, Sacral Nerve Stimulator (SNS), to help patients with chronic dysfunction of the urinary, bowel and pelvic floor conditions has been introduced in the region at Aga Khan University Hospital.
Along the spinal cord and through the lower back, there is the sacral area. Here, nerve paths split off and go in different directions, some to the pelvic area. The muscles in the pelvic floor, urethral and anal sphincter and bladder muscles are controlled by the brain through nerves that run from the sacral area. Sensations such as fullness in the bladder, or rectum are also relayed to the brain via these nerve routes.
The Pain Management Unit at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) has introduced Neuromodulation procedure for treating patients who have chronic pain and disability. The hospital is the first in East Africa to use this mode of treatment performed on 43 patients by a multidisciplinary team of specialists who included pain medicine specialists, neurosurgeons pain management therapists and psychologists from the hospital.
The procedure is used as a last resort for both cancer and non-cancer patients when all other modes of treatment have failed. In addition, this treatment procedure is performed on patients who have been suffering from persistent pain for a period of at least two months with the underlying cause not having been found.
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