Introduction:Aim of this pilot study was to assess the feasibility of a home-based transcutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (TTNS) protocol in patients responding to percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS ).
Materials and Methods: 16 overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) patients, responding to PTNS, were included. Patients performed a flexible home protocol of TTNS. Satisfied patients were considered "subjective responders"; patients not showing a =10% increase of urgency/urgency incontinence episodes/day were considered "objective responders".
Results: 14/16 patients were followed up for a mean of 19.7 months. All patients were considered subjective responders; 13 were considered objective responders. The mean number of stimulations/week was 1.6 (1-3).
Conclusions: After this pilot study, it is possible to conclude that home-based TTNS is feasible. Nevertheless, further randomized trials are needed before drawing any conclusions.
Maurelli V, Petta F, Carsillo G, Miano R, Lamorte F, Perugia C, Finazzi Agrò E. Are you the author?
Scuola di Specializzazione in Urologia, Università di Roma Tor Vergata - Italy.
Reference: Urologia. 2012 Jun 21:0. Epub ahead of print.
Article in Italian.