A prospective, multicenter study of a novel, miniaturized rechargeable sacral neuromodulation system: 12-month results from the RELAX-OAB study

Bertil Blok*, Philip Van Kerrebroeck, Stefan de Wachter, Alain Ruffion, Frank Van der Aa, Ranjana Jairam, Marie Aimee Perrouin-Verbe, Sohier Elneil

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Aims Historically, providing SNM therapy required use of a non-rechargeable implantable pulse generator (IPG) with an average device lifespan of 4.4 years. Multiple device replacement surgeries are necessary with this device for long-term overactive bladder (OAB) management. A longer-lived device can reduce and potentially eliminate the need for replacement surgeries, thereby improving the long-term safety and cost-effectiveness of SNM therapy. The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a miniaturized, rechargeable SNM system. Methods This prospective, multi-center study implanted 51 subjects with the SNM system in a single stage procedure without an external trial period. Subjects had overactive bladder as demonstrated on a 3-day voiding diary (>= 8 voids/day and/or >= 2 incontinence episodes over 72-h). Outcome measures at 1-year follow-up included quality of life (evaluated by ICIQ-OABqol questionnaire), therapy responder rates (>= 50% reduction in voids and/or leaks or

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-695
Number of pages7
JournalNeurourology and Urodynamics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


  • overactive bladder
  • rechargeable
  • sacral neuromodulation
  • single stage implant
  • urgency frequency
  • urinary incontinence

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