Abstract

Although sacral anterior root neuromodulation (SARN) has proven to be effective in patients with neurogenic bladder, it is not widely accepted due to the need to conduct a dorsal rhizotomy, and commercially available SARN devices are not usually equipped with a closed-loop controller for the automatic regulation of bladder functions. Therefore, there is still a need for a more effective electrical neuromodulation scheme to restore bladder function. Intravesical pressure (IVP) is the major biosignal that reflects the state of bladder conditions. The present study develops a closed-loop control strategy for improving bladder emptying and verifies its performance using animal experiments. Two channel outputs of electrical currents triggered by IVP-feedback signals were set to automatically regulate a rat's pudendal nerve for selective nerve stimulation and blocking. Under this experimental design, a series of in vivo animal experiments were conducted on anesthetized rats, including the computational characterization of biosignals, the development of an intermittent high-frequency blocking current waveform for blocking the nerve, and verification of the control strategy. Results show that the IVP-feedback control strategy for dual-channel pudendal neuromodulation performed well in animal experiments and could be utilized to selectively stimulate and block the pudendal nerve to augment bladder contraction and restore external urethral sphincter bursting activity to improve bladder emptying. This study demonstrates the feasibility of the IVP-based feedback-control strategy with animal experiments. The results could provide a basis for developing a sophisticated neural prosthesis for restoring bladder function in clinical use or for neurophysiological study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-89
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Medical and Biological Engineering
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Pudendal Nerve
Animals
Urinary Bladder
Feedback control
Rats
Neural prostheses
Experiments
Pressure
Pressure control
Design of experiments
Neural Prostheses
Rhizotomy
Neurogenic Urinary Bladder
Feedback
Feasibility Studies
Controllers
Urethra
Research Design
Equipment and Supplies

Keywords

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Intravesical pressure
  • Neuromodulation
  • Pudendal nerve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine(all)

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Dual-Channel neuromodulation of pudendal nerve with closed-loop control strategy to improve bladder functions. / Lin, Yin Tsong; Lai, Chien-Hung; Kuo, Te Son; Chen, Chih Chen; Chen, Yu Luen; Young, Shuenn Tsong; Chen, Shih-Ching; Lai, Jin Shin; Hsieh, Tsung-hsun; Peng, Chih-Wei.

In: Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2014, p. 82-89.

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Lin, Yin Tsong ; Lai, Chien-Hung ; Kuo, Te Son ; Chen, Chih Chen ; Chen, Yu Luen ; Young, Shuenn Tsong ; Chen, Shih-Ching ; Lai, Jin Shin ; Hsieh, Tsung-hsun ; Peng, Chih-Wei. / Dual-Channel neuromodulation of pudendal nerve with closed-loop control strategy to improve bladder functions. In: Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering. 2014 ; Vol. 34, No. 1. pp. 82-89.
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