If surgery is not an option for you or has not worked for your incontinence, bladder botox may help.
What is Botox?
Botox is a prescription medicine that can be injected into the bladder muscle and used to treat overactive bladder symptoms such as a strong need to urinate right away, a strong need to urinate with leaking or wetting accidents, and urinating often. Botox for overactive bladder works by calming the nerves that trigger the overactive bladder muscle.
How does it work?
Botox can be administered in the comfort of our office in about one hour -- 30 minutes for the treatment and a 30 minute observation is neccessary to make sure you can empty your bladder on your own before leaving the office.
You will be given a numbing agent, possibly in combination with a sedative, to help keep you as comforatble as possible during the treatment. Once your bladder is numb, a small tube called a cystoscope will be inserted through the urethra (the natural opening where the urine comes out). Botox goes through the cystoscope and is administered with a small needle into multiple areas of your bladder muscle.
You should not experience any significant pain after the treatment, although it may sting or burn when your urinate the first few times. You may also see some blood in the urine right after treatment.
For some, the results of bladder botox are immediate. But for others, it may take up to two weeks to see the full effectivness of the treatment. One botox treatment can last up to 6 months before the effects wear off. As your symptoms return, talk with your provider about repeating the treatment to help control your symptoms.
Interested or want to learn more?
Just give us a call at 920.729.7105 and we'll be glad to schedule you an appointment for more information.