Method for artificially inducing urination, defecation, or sexual excitation
Nerve stimulation method
Bladder control device and method Patent #: 4406288
ApplicationNo. 06/611836 filed on 05/18/1984
US Classes:607/40, Stimulating bladder or gastrointestinal tract607/41, Incontinence control607/66, Generating more than one signal607/70With two pulse signal components
ExaminersPrimary: Kamm, William E.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesA61N 1/08 (20060101)
A61N 1/36 (20060101)
AbstractA method for controlling the function of a bladder, includes identification of the anatomical location of at least one nerve controlling the muscles for the bladder and/or its sphincter and positioning of an electrode on the nerve to selectively stimulate the nerve for continence and evacuation purposes. The electrode can be implanted in a patient either surgically or percutaneously and may be either removed after proper stimulation has achieved the desired result (neurostimulation) or may be left intact on the nerve for selective stimulation thereof. An electronic control system is disclosed for electrically energizing two or more implanted electrodes in a preselected timed relationship.