BOTOX FOR URINARY INCONTINENCE
Botox injections in the bladder can be effective for patients with urinary incontinence related to overactive bladder. The injections can reduce the urge and frequency of urination, as well as urine leaks and accidents.
Botox can be helpful for people who have tried other medications or techniques to manage symptoms without success.
Botox is commonly used for diverse conditions like muscle spasticity, migraines and excessive sweating, as well as urinary incontinence. Botox can be a successful second-line treatment for patients with overactive bladder who have been unable to find relief from other therapies.
Small concentrations of Botox can be safely injected to prevent signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles. Bladder Botox injections effectively remove the trigger for the involuntary contractions of an overactive bladder.
How Do Botox Injections in the Bladder Work?
Botox injections are done with a special device called cystoscope, which allows the doctor to view the bladder and complete the procedure safely.
Botox blocks the chemical that triggers spasms in the bladder creating the urge to urinate, and paralyzes the bladder muscle. The combined intervention means less trips to the bathroom and fewer embarrassing accidents.
Benefits from Botox injections can last several months. Many patients see a significant drop in urinary frequency after just three treatments.
Botox relaxes the bladder by preventing the release of neurotransmitters that signal the bladder muscle to contract. For patients with overactive bladder, these signals are released far more frequently than normal, sometimes when there is little or no urine in the bladder.
Botox injections are an effective treatment for urge incontinence associated with overactive bladder. Stress incontinence, where urine leaks when the person coughs or sneezes, is not helped by Botox injections.
Benefits of Botox Injections
in the Bladder
The application of these injections can bring welcome relief for people who have tried other therapies with little or no success. From overactive bladder to severely spastic bladders resulting from neurological disorders, Botox injections can help restore a patient’s quality of life.
One of the biggest benefits is how quickly symptoms are relieved (results can begin in just 3 days for some). Within two weeks, most, if not all patients, are experiencing a change in urinary urges and frequency. For patients who leak urine due to muscle spasms, Botox injections will typically eliminate the incontinence.
Benefits of Botox injections in the bladder include:
- Urge to urinate and frequency of urination reduced
- Incontinence eliminated
- Treatment takes about an hour
- Sleep disruptions for urination reduced or ended
- Results seen just 3 days after injection
- Result last from 6 to 8 months
The Bladder Botox Injection Treatment Process
Botox is best known for its cosmetic applications – freezing muscles to smooth out wrinkles. Millions of people have received Botox injections without serious adverse effects. Botox is a neurotoxin that is valuable therapeutic protein when properly applied.
Botox injections are typically well-tolerated, with most patients experiencing few, if any minor side effects. But not everyone is a suitable candidate for the treatment, including pregnant women or women with chronic urinary tract infections.
The doctor will discuss the treatment options available to you based on your specific health history and symptoms.
No. The bladder is flushed with a local anaesthesia to numb the muscle. You might experience some pressure while the procedure is conducted, but most patients feel nothing at all.
You can expect to the injections to last for six to eight months, though Individual results can vary. It’s reasonable to assume you will get the treatment twice a year. Botox injections are safe – you can have the treatment as you need it.
No. Botox is currently used by millions of people in different medical and cosmetic procedures. As with any medication there can be side effects that occur. Not everyone is recommended for the treatment. The doctor will answer any questions you have, but the decision for the treatment is yours to make.
When Botox is injected directly into the bladder muscle, it keeps nerve cells from triggering the spasms that cause urge frequency and incontinence in people with overactive bladder. Without the contractions, people regain control over urinary functions.
Ideally, no. For most overactive bladder patients with incontinence, those embarrassing accidents are over. But patients should pay attention to leaks in the week directly after and around the six-month mark.
What You Can Expect
Before the injections begin, the bladder is treated with a local anesthesia to thoroughly numb the area. Typically, the anesthetic will take hold within 20 minutes.
The doctor will insert the scope and move it through the urethra to the bladder. Once it’s in position, a small needle carrying the Botox is passed through the scope and several injections are made throughout the muscle tissues.
The procedure is virtually painless. Some patients may feel a slight pressure, but most tolerate the procedure quite well. People typically drive themselves home and can resume normal activities immediately.
Patients begin to experience results within three days to a week. In some cases, the full effect may take up to two weeks. The treatment normally relieves symptoms for six to eight months, but individual results can vary.
Botox injections are not permanent. The doctor will discuss a treatment protocol and schedule for additional treatments. It is safe to assume two per year.
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