(01/29/14) - A Michigan doctor has developed a treatment that could bring relief
for a painful condition that a lot of people don't like to talk about.
Truth is, millions of people suffer from urological problems.
Nerve stimulation often helps relive pelvic pain - but now, there may be another option.
"For months, my daughter and I went from doctor to doctor to doctor," says Donna Pelto.
"Right away we knew something was wrong, we just didn't know what," her daughter, Becky adds.
But Donna knew how exactly to describe her debilitating pain, "you get your charcoal briquettes to the point where they're red and they're hot and then stick them up in between your legs, and that's what it feels like."
Beaumont Health System urologist Kenneth Peters pioneered an outpatient procedure to relieve that awful pain, "we've developed a way to place the electrode at the pudendal, which is a nerve that comes further deeper into the pelvis."
An electrical pulse generator is connected to the electrode and implanted in the patient's buttock, he says, "it is a pacemaker for the nerves that control a lot of functions of the pelvis such as the bladder, the bowel, and the pelvic floor."
The device sends a signal to the brain to ignore abnormal signals that cause bowel and urinary issues, or pelvic pain like Donna's. The level of relief is remotely controlled by the patient.
Since receiving the treatment, Donna says she feels a major difference.
Something Dr. Peters is happy to report is pretty common, "every patient I see for the first time, I tell them they're going to be better because I believe it 100 percent"
This procedure is not to be seen as a cure, but most patients have at least a 50 percent reduction in their pain.
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