Fowler’s Syndrome Treatments
Fowler’s Syndrome is still a relatively new condition and there is currently no cure. Treatments involve the management of emptying the bladder.
Most women with Fowler’s Syndrome are able to empty their bladder, the stream is just extremely slow. If this is the case then no intervention or treatment will be offered at this stage. The situation will be regularly monitored for any change.
Intermittent Self Catheterisation
Intermittent self catheterisation involves inserting a fine tube into the urethra to drain urine out of the bladder. Cleanliness is a vital part of the preparation in order to avoid introducing infections into the bladder. There are various types of catheter, most are designed to be used once and then thrown away. Your healthcare professional we help you decide what is best for your needs.
If long-term catheterisation is needed and you are not suitable for a Sacral Nerve Stimulation implant that you may be advised to have an indwelling catheter fitted. This involves inserting a fine tube through the urethra up into the bladder. This can be attached to either a valve or a drainage bag. The catheter will need to be replaced every few weeks.
Suprapubic catheterisation an alternative form of long-term catheterisation and involves a small surgical procedure to place a tube directly into your bladder through your abdomen. Again you can attach the tube to a valve or a drainage bag.
Sacral Nerve Stimulation
Sacral Nerve Stimulation or Sacral Neuromodulation (SNM) is a device that is implanted under the skin in the upper buttock. It has shown to be effective in the management of Fowler’s Syndrome. It helps by correcting the messages that run along our nerve pathways. SNM is performed in two stages, first, you will undergo an evaluation, and then, depending on your results you will be offered the implant.
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