Using radio frequency electrical stimulation to block external urethral sphincter contraction and improved voiding efficiency

E. Jen, Y. T. Lin, Chih-Wei Peng, Te Son Kuo, S. T. Young, W. T. Lin, Chii Wann Lin

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Abstract

Block of the external urethral sphincter contractions by using high frequency electrical stimulation of the pudendal nerves is a potential method for inhibiting detrusor sphincter dyssynergia. Most researchers use high frequency electrical stimulation at frequencies between 2kHz to 20kHz, but the parameters and mechanism of this block are not well understood. This paper demonstrated the use of radio frequency electrical stimulation (500kHz) as a method to block the external urethral sphincter contractions and improved voiding efficiency by electrical stimulation of unilateral pudendal nerve efferent axons. The most efficient waveform for conduction was 500kHz (with 0.2 to 1mA) constant-current biphasic sinusoidal, voiding efficiency increased from 53 to 71-92%. These results raise the possibility that using radio frequency electrical stimulation to block external urethral sphincter contraction may provide a new approach for improving voiding in spinal cord injured patients.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFMBE Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages235-238
Number of pages4
Volume47
ISBN (Print)9783319122618
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event1st Global Conference on Biomedical Engineering, GCBME 2014 and 9th Asian-Pacific Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering, APCMBE 2014 - Tainan, Taiwan
Duration: Oct 9 2014Oct 12 2014

Other

Other1st Global Conference on Biomedical Engineering, GCBME 2014 and 9th Asian-Pacific Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering, APCMBE 2014
CountryTaiwan
CityTainan
Period10/9/1410/12/14

Keywords

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Nerve block
  • Pudendal nerve
  • Radio frequency
  • Voiding efficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioengineering

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    Jen, E., Lin, Y. T., Peng, C-W., Kuo, T. S., Young, S. T., Lin, W. T., & Lin, C. W. (2015). Using radio frequency electrical stimulation to block external urethral sphincter contraction and improved voiding efficiency. In IFMBE Proceedings (Vol. 47, pp. 235-238). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-11128-5_65