STOLLERS AFFERENT NERVE STIMULATOR FOR INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS: DOES IT WORK?
VIVEK KUMAR*, Chris Hough, Carolyn Mansfield, Paul P Irwin, LEIGHTON HOSPITAL, Crewe Uk Introduction and Objectives: Standard treatments for interstitial cystitis (IC) are many, however none of which is optimal. We present a trial of Stoller’s Afferent Nerve Stimulator (SANS) for symptomatic treatment of IC in conjunction with the standard IC medical therapy. Methods: Seven patients with IC (NIDDK criteria) were enrolled for this prospective study after obtaining ethical committee approval and following counselling and consenting. All patients were on different oral and intravesical drugs but not deriving a significant benefit from them. The posterior tibial nerve (S3), above the medial malleolus, was stimulated using SANS stimulator for 30 minutes on a weekly basis. They filled a symptom score chart before the start of the trial and every week thereafter and maintained a voiding diary. The symptoms that were evaluated were pain, urgency, nocturia and frequency on a scale of 0-5. Resul