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FirstHealth Urogynecology first in the world to enroll patient in clinical trial for overactive bladder treatment

Janet Harris-Hicks, M.D.

HAMLET — Janet Harris-Hicks, M.D., board certified urogynecologist of FirstHealth Urogynecology, is the first surgeon in the world to enroll a patient in the Medtronic TITAN 2 clinical trial to investigate treatment of patients with overactive bladder syndrome.

The TITAN 2 study evaluates the safety and effectiveness of an investigational implantable tibial neuromodulation device for patients who suffer from the frequent and sudden urge to urinate that may be difficult to control. The minimally invasive investigational implantable device is designed to work by stimulating the posterior tibial nerve near the ankle to transmit electrical impulses that regulate the bladder’s neural activity.

Patients with overactive bladder suffer with urinary urgency (the sudden need to rush to the restroom) and frequency. Often, patients will leak urine before they can reach the restroom.

“We are thrilled to be on the cutting edge of new treatment options that have the potential to reduce symptoms of overactive bladder for our patients, ” said Dr. Harris-Hicks.

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FirstHealth Urogynecology focuses on providing care and a variety of treatments for all pelvic floor disorders including urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic-organ prolapse, overactive bladder, painful bladder syndrome and chronic pelvic pain.

Services include:

  • Pelvic-organ prolapse reconstructive surgery
  • Pelvic floor muscle therapy for incontinence and chronic pain
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence procedures
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries
  • Botox injection treatment for overactive bladder
  • Sacral Neuromodulation (InterStimTM) placement and management (to treat urinary urgency, frequency and fecal incontinence)
  • Pessary fitting
  • Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (for overactive bladder syndrome)

Dr. Harris-Hicks is board certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and obstetrics and gynecology. She is a member of the American Urogynecology Society, Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, International Urogynecological Association, American College of OB/GYN, American Medical Association and the North Carolina Medical Society.

For more information about treatments offered at FirstHealth Urogynecology, call 910-205-8909.

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