Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 288–293 | Cite as

Tibial Nerve and Sacral Neuromodulation in the Elderly Patient

  • Ericka Sohlberg
  • Daniel Greenberg
  • Ekene Enemchukwu
Reconstructed Bladder Function and Dysfunction (M Kaufman, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Reconstructed Bladder Function & Dysfunction


Purpose of Review

This article aims to review sacral and tibial neuromodulation outcomes in elderly patients. Safety and efficacy of these two neuromodulatory treatments for both urinary and fecal indications are addressed.

Recent Findings

Recent data assessing sacral neuromodulation (SNM) for refractory overactive bladder and urge urinary incontinence (UUI) demonstrates that older patients have similar outcomes and complication rates when compared to the general population. For both urinary and fecal indications, SNM has been shown to significantly increase quality of life in older patients. Age has additionally not been a factor affecting tibial nerve stimulation outcomes.


Limited data specifically addresses use of tibial and sacral neuromodulation in elderly patients. Available studies suggest that both treatment options are safe and effective in the older population for urinary and fecal indications, although further study is necessary.


Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation Sacral nerve stimulation Sacral neuromodulation Elderly Overactive bladder Urgency urinary incontinence Fecal incontinence 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

Ericka Sohlberg, Daniel Greenberg, and Ekene Enemchukwu declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ericka Sohlberg
    • 1
  • Daniel Greenberg
    • 1
  • Ekene Enemchukwu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of UrologyStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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