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Sacral nerve stimulation is cost effective

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Sacral nerve stimulation is a cost-effective treatment for faecal incontinence compared with non-surgical treatment.

Researchers at Saint Marks Hospital, Harrow, looked at the medical records, bowel habit diaries and quality of life questionnaires of 70 patients. Direct medical and non-medical costs were calculated.

They found that incontinence episodes fell from a median of 12 per fortnight to one per fortnight with sacral nerve stimulation. It cost £1,038 more per year to treat patients with sacral nerve stimulation than non-surgical treatments. However the number of episodes of incontinence was reduced to an average of 286.

Sacral nerve stimulation is used to treat patients with faecal incontinence who have not responded to conservative management.


Dudding TC, Meng Lee E, Faiz O, Parés D, Vaizey CJ, McGuire A, Kamm MA.(2008)
Economic evaluation of sacral nerve stimulation for faecal incontinence.
British Journal of Surgery (2008)

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