Surgery Center at Saint Francis Offers New Technology to Treat Incontinence

Beth Price, Medtronic, Dr. Rusty Shappley, Nathan Crouch, Medtronic

The Surgery Center at Saint Francis, an affiliate of United Surgical Partners International (USPI), is the first in the Memphis, Tennessee area to offer a new solution to the millions of people who suffer from incontinence. The first Interstim™ Micro System, a rechargeable neurostimulator for bladder and bowel control, was implanted in the Memphis area by Dr. Rusty Shappley. The Interstim Micro System by Medtronic is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and can offer relief for urinary frequency, urge incontinence, incomplete bladder emptying, and fecal incontinence. Dr. Rusty Shappley's accomplishment of implanting the first InterStim™ Micro system in the Memphis area comes about 20 years after his father, Dr. Vance Shappley, became one of the first to use the Interstim device in Memphis upon its inception.

Effective long-term bladder and bowel control is an unmet medical need by many in the Memphis area who experience regular accidents and/or frequency issues. It can significantly impact all aspects of a person's quality of life - self-confidence, exercise, activities and even intimacy according to Rusty Shappley, MD.

The InterStim™ II and new InterStim Micro systems can provide patients with safe, effective relief from OAB and FI. The InterStim™ II recharge-free system may offer patients more freedom from a recharging routine, the hassle of recharging components, and a reminder they have a disease. The rechargeable InterStim™ Micro system, one of the smallest devices available in the neuromodulation market, can benefit patients who want a smaller, longer lasting device.


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