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Panama City, Fla. -

Urinary incontinence and an overactive bladder are conditions that can interfere with daily life, but you don't have to suffer.

Bea Soto is the Director of the Continence Program at Panama City Urological Center and says millions are impacted by these issues.

"It's a huge issue.  It's an epidemic going on in America. It's very underreported, under diagnosed and under treated," explains Soto.

She says when medications and other non-invasive procedures don't work, InterStim Therapy provides relief for many patients.

In InterStim Therapy, a small device is implanted in the buttocks.  This device stimulates the sacral nerve.

Soto explains, "They put a lead near the sacral nerve, which runs to control bladder and bowel function, and they stimulate that nerve to try to stop the miscommunication between the brain and the bladder so the symptoms get better."

Soto says InterStim is considered a minor surgical procedure that can have highly successful results.  She wants to remind everyone to talk to their doctor if they have any issues.