The IB-Stim is a device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people between the ages of 11 and 18 for the management of abdominal pain from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The IB-Stim is designed to be used in combination with other treatments for IBS.
What does it involve?
The IB-Stim device is a small electrical nerve stimulator that is placed behind the ear. A battery-powered chip inside it sends electrical signals to certain cranial nerves for five days. After that it is replaced. This cycle is repeated for three weeks. Stimulating the cranial nerves is believed to relieve abdominal pain, but it is not thought to treat the underlying causes of IBS.
Irritation or infection at the placement site is a possible, but rare, side effect.
The IB-Stim device cannot be used if you have a cardiac pacemaker, hemophilia, or psoriasis vulgaris. It should not be applied to anyone with a history of Steri-Strip compound allergy.
For more information about this device, visit:
Homepage — IB-Stim
FDA Permits Marketing of First Medical Device for Relief of Pain Associated With Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Patients 11-18 Years of Age — U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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