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Bowel Control Therapy


Constantly worried about finding a bathroom?

  • When you can’t find an effective long-term treatment, it’s hard to stop worrying about when your next embarrassing accident could happen.
  • There is no single bowel control treatment that works for everyone, and sometimes it takes time to find the one that works for you.
  • You may have tried medications and found that they were not effective or had unpleasant side effects.

Medtronic Bowel Control Therapy

Medtronic Bowel Control Therapy (Sacral Neuromodulation), delivered by the InterStim® System, is FDA approved and proven to work long-term in people who have not had success with other treatments, such as bulking agents, dietary changes, exercises, medication, and surgery.

  • Proven control to stop or greatly reduce accidents (80% improvment rate)
  • Significantly improved quality of life
  • A minimally invasive and reversable treatment when other therapies fail


What is sacral neuromodulation?

One way the brain controls our body’s muscles and movements is through electrical messages. These electrical impulses are carried by nerves. The nerves have major routes with smaller pathways running off them.

One major route runs from the brain, along the spinal cord and through the lower back called the sacral area. Here, nerve paths split off and go in different directions, some to the pelvic area.

The muscles in the pelvic area, such as the pelvic floor, urethral sphincters, bladder and anal sphincter muscles are controlled by the brain through nerves that run from the sacral area.

Our sensations, such as fullness in the bladder or rectum, are also relayed to the brain via these nerve routes.

Sacral neuromodulation may help to correct inappropriate, unwanted or even erroneous messages sent along these nerve pathways.

What does sacral neuromodulation treat?

For certain people it can treat the symptoms of bowel incontinence and chronic constipation and may alleviate symptoms.

People who have evacuation difficulties or reduced stool frequency might benefit. Sacral Nerve Stimulation can alleviate slow transit (unusually slow movement of stool through the colon). It can also help outlet obstruction constipation (when the stool is blocked at an exit point).

Sacral Nerve Stimulation increases the frequency of evacuation (how often you go to the toilet), and reduces the abdominal pain and bloating associated with constipation.

Dr. Christopher Petty, MD, FACS

Dr. Petty received his medical degree from the University of Utah Medical School in 2000. There, he was honored with the James A. Bush Memorial Research Award for the Best medical research project at the University of Utah. He then went on the complete his residency in General Surgery, locally, at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Petty then relocated to the University of Texas – Houston where he completed his Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery, graduating in 2006.

Undergraduate Education:
Colorado College, 1994

Medical School:
University of Utah Medical School, 2000

General Surgery Residency:
Swedish Medical Center – Seattle, WA 2000-2005

University of Texas-Houston, Colon & Rectal Surgery, 2005-2006

Dr. Petty


Puyallup Surgical Consultants

Puyallup Surgical Consultants a division of Proliance Surgeons is Pierce Counties leading general surgery and urology clinic. Founded in 1992 by dedicated and caring surgeons, PSC has never wavered from its mission: to provide high-quality surgical care in an efficient and cost-effective manner, creating and environment of respect, dignity and confidentiality for each of our patients.

Our urologists, general surgeons, colorectal surgeons, and surgical oncologist have the skills and experience to bring you the highest quality of care you deserve. Our modern facility is located in Puyallup Washington meaning you don’t have to travel far for great healthcare.



1519 3rd St. S. E. Puyallup, WA 98372

Puyallup Surgical Consultants is located on the second floor of the Brain and Spine Center building just south of the MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital. Free patient parking is conveniently located just off 3rd and 4th streets around the clinic.

Colorectal Surgery/Surgical Oncology
Suite 230

Phone: (253) 841-9640

Office Hours

9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Please note, not everyone will experience the same results. Medtronic Bowel Control Therapy has risks similar to any surgical procedure. You should discuss the potential risks and benefits of this therapy with your doctor.