Percutaneous Posterior Tibial Nerve Stimulation in Post-operative Voiding Dysfunction After Deep Endometriosis Surgery

  • End date
    Jun 7, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Hospices Civils de Lyon
Updated on 7 March 2021


Symptomatic endometriosis can be responsible for urinary problems as well as symptoms of clinical bladder hyperactivity and/or symptoms of bladder pain before or during miction that can persist after bladder voiding. Whereas urinary problems can predate surgery due to the endometrial lesions themselves, the surgery can also have functional consequences for urinary function, specifically when there is trauma (incisions, per-operative coagulation) to the inferior hypogastric nerve fibers and/or to the hypogastric plexus.

The incidence of post-surgery urinary symptoms could be as high as 30%. The incidence of voiding problems and specifically of non-obstructive voiding dysfunction can be observed in 17,5% of cases of patients 1-month post-surgery for deep colorectal endometriosis, and persists in 4,8% of women after 12 months.

The gold standard for treatment of voiding problems consists of self-catheterization, as is the case for all non-obstructive voiding dysfunction symptoms. This procedure considerably impacts quality of life. The proper and complete voiding of the bladder remains essential in order to avoid recurring urinary tract infections and pelvic static disorder.

In the case of persistent dysuria, the use of self-catheterization is necessary in 21% of patients after surgery for deep endometriosis, for an average duration of 85 days. To date, few studies have explored the management of post-operative urinary complications after surgery for deep endometriosis. Pharmaceutical alternatives (alpha-blockers, anticholinergics, benzodiazepines) have not proven effective and sometimes cause side effects. However promising alternative treatments are being developed, specifically the neuromodulation of the sacral root. This procedure has been shown effective in the treatment of non-obstructive voiding dysfunction; however, it remains an invasive treatment that has its load of complications and undesirable side-effects. A recent study reports favorable results for the use of sacral neuromodulation in the case of persistent incomplete voiding following surgery for deep colorectal endometriosis. Some studies have also suggested that percutaneous posterior tibial nerve stimulation (PTN) could also be a treatment alternative. The advantage of this procedure is that it is non-invasive and less constraining. No study has yet evaluated whether PTN could also be used to treat patients with persistent voiding dysfunction following surgery for deep endometriosis.

Our study, conducted in the gynecologic department of Croix ROUSSE Hospital, Lyon (France), evaluates PTN as a new treatment option for post-operative voiding dysfunction in women who suffer from deep endometriosis. Our aim is to prove that the use of PTN can reduce the duration of self-catheterization by 50% when compared to self-catheterization only.

Condition Endometriosis, Female Genital Diseases, Dysuria, Gynecological Infections
Treatment Self-catheterization only, Posterior tibial nerve stimulation + self-catheterization
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04228692
SponsorHospices Civils de Lyon
Last Modified on7 March 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Is your age greater than or equal to 18 yrs?
Are you female?
Do you have any of these conditions: Gynecological Infections or Dysuria or Female Genital Diseases or Endometriosis?
Do you have any of these conditions: Female Genital Diseases or Endometriosis or Gynecological Infections or Dysuria?
Patients who are eligible for the French public healthcare system
Patients who have given their consent for this research

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Patients with cognitive, psychiatric or motor disturbances, that do not allow for independent use of the device
Patients who do not speak French
Patients who have had a surgery (bladder or ureters) for endometriosis or any other reason
Patients who were participating in another ongoing study, or within the exclusion time stipulated by another study (at the discretion of the investigator)
Patients unable to give their consent (protected by law: under guardianship / trusteeship)
Patients who are taking a pharmaceutical treatment for urological problem (anticholinergics, alpha-blockers, prostaglandin)
Pregnant or breastfeeding women
Patients with a pacemaker
Patients with dermatological problem in the area where the device's electrodes have to be installed
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