About PTNS

nerve stimulator

PTNS Therapy for Overactive Bladder (OAB) and Faecal Incontinence (FI)

Bladder and bowel control without drugs or surgery

Healthcare professionals have been using Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) to treat OAB and FI for decades. PTNS can treat both conditions simultaneously.


Treatment Benefits

  • Minimally invasive treatment easily administered in a clinic – No need for hospitalisation or anaesthesia
  • Well-tolerated by patients with few associated side-effects9
  • Can treat both OAB and FI
  • Suitable for patients when conventional therapies have failed1
  • Avoid the potential comorbidities and costs associated with surgery
  • May be used alone or with other therapies

PTNS delivers a specific type of neuromodulation that travels through the nerves in the Tibia (shinbone). During treatment, a small, slim needle electrode is inserted near the ankle. The needle electrode is then connected to the battery-powered stimulator.

During the 30-minute treatment, mild impulses from the stimulator travel through the needle electrode, along the leg and to the nerves in the pelvis that control bladder and bowel function.

Patients will receive an initial series of 12 treatments, typically scheduled about a week apart. After the completion of these treatments, a specialist will determine a personal plan to maintain results, which may include additional sessions.

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sacral nerve stimulator


  • Effective in adult men and women, regardless of age2
  • Effective in reducing frequency, incontinence episodes, night-time voids and urgency3
  • Studies associate PTNS with a superior response to anticholinergic medication4 5
  • Studies show sustainable improvements in quality of life6


  • Less time-consuming than rectal irrigation
  • Superior performance compared to TENS and Sham treatment7
  • Studies show a reduction in the number of faecal incontinence episodes8