Real-life data on long-term follow-up of patients successfully treated with percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation

Daniele Bianchi, Valerio Iacovelli, Isabella Parisi, Filomena Petta, Gabriele Gaziev, Luca Topazio, Pierluigi Bove, Giuseppe Vespasiani, Enrico Finazzi Agrò

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BaCKgroUnd: The aim of this cross-sectional study is to evaluate the “real-life” data of patients following successful treatment with pTnS for overactive bladder syndrome (oaB) or non-obstructive voiding dysfunction (novd) at a seven-year follow-up after the procedure. MeThodS: patients who were successfully treated with pTnS for oaB or novd between February 2008 and January 2009 were contacted for a telephonic interview seven years after the end of their pTnS stimulation protocol. patients who agreed to the interview were asked to complete a global response assessment (gra). patients in the oaB category completed the oaB short-form questionnaire Symptom Bother Scale (oaB-q SF) and the oaB health-related Quality of life Scale (oaB hrQl), and novd patients were evaluated using the international prostate Symptom Score – voiding questions (v-ipSS). results of both questionnaires were compared with those obtained seven years previously, at the time of the initial pTnS treatment. RESULTS: Seventeen patients were identified in our database. Sixteen agreed to the interview, but the remaining patient was unreachable and was therefore considered as lost at follow-up. Eight patients were classified into the OAB group, and eight were classified into the NOVD group. No patient reported a worsening condition after PTNS. Six of the eight patients (75%) in the oaB group gave positive responses in the gra. all patients in the novd group gave positive responses in the gra. ConClUSionS: despite some limitations, this study shows that the majority of patients who responded to pTnS considered themselves still improved at a seven-year follow-up. Larger studies are needed to confirm our results, but our study has the novel advantage of showing data derived from “real life” over the longest follow-up yet considered in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-264
Number of pages5
JournalMinerva Urology and Nephrology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Lower urinary tract symptoms
  • Overactive urinary bladder
  • Tibial nerve
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation
  • Urination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Urology


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