Posted on Mar 31, 2015 1:00:00 PM by Leslie Wooldridge, GNP-BC, CUNP, BCIA-PMD

Winter Maintenance for OAB Patients

PTNS Treatments for Winter Snowbirds

Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) is sometimes called a “social event” in our clinic. My older patients Winter Maintenance for OAB Patientsfind it very engaging to come by once a week or, if they are receiving ongoing therapy, once a month, or when they feel the time is right based upon their symptom improvement. Their lives are planned around weather and winter.  

Southern Clinics

This month some will start migrating south and I will be searching for clinics in Florida, Arizona, California and Texas to carry on PTNS treatments for my patients. If you live in those areas, no doubt you already endure the influx of the “snowbirds.” Every year when we start the treatments or get into winter maintenance for OAB patients, the worry is continuation of the treatment during their winter retreat.  

Seamless Treatment For Snowbirds

If you are one of those lucky clinics located in the warm weather regions, take our calls, engage our patients and help manage them through your system without too much pain and aggravation. Here in the north we will be grateful, jealous and feeling secure that our patients will be treated and not come back in a state of desperation that their OAB symptoms have all returned.  

The north truly thanks the south!

Urgent PC for OAB This blog post reflects the opinions and experience of Leslie Wooldridge, a long-standing user of the Urgent PC Neuromodulation System, and was produced under a paid consulting agreement with Cogentix Medical.

Urgent PC is indicated for the treatment of Overactive Bladder and associated symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urge incontinence. Treatment with Urgent PC is contraindicated for patients with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators, patients prone to excessive bleeding, patients with nerve damage that could impact either percutaneous tibial nerve or pelvic floor function or patients who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the duration of the treatment. Most patients don't experience side-effects. If side-effects occur, they are typically temporary and include mild pain and skin inflammation at or near the stimulation site. Caution: Federal law (USA) restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician. For complete instructions for use, storage, warnings, indications, contraindications, precautions, adverse reactions and disclaimer of warranties, please refer to the insert accompanying each product or online at Models are for illustrative purposes only. Urgent is a registered trademark of Cogentix Medical © 2015 Cogentix Medical. All rights reserved. 

Leslie Wooldridge, GNP-BC, CUNP, BCIA-PMD
Leslie Saltzstein Wooldridge, GNP-BC, CUNP, BCIA-PMD, is Director of the Adult Bladder Control Center, Mercy Health Partners, Muskegon, Michigan USA. Ms. Wooldridge received a Master of Science degree in nursing administration, critical care nursing and postgraduate certification as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2015, she was honored with the Women’s Health Foundation Activist Award. She is also the recipient of the 2009 National Association for Continence Rodney J. Appell Continence Champion Award. Ms. Wooldridge has published in multiple refereed journals. She authored the Genitourinary chapter in The Nurse Practitioner in Long Term Care: Guidelines for Clinical Practice (2007). She has lectured throughout the United States on geriatrics, urology and clinical practice.
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