If you have been frequently urinating (more than eight times during the day), you may be diagnosed with an Overactive Bladder. This condition occurs when the nerves that control your bladder malfunction, prompting the bladder muscles to spasm suddenly. Sadly, the bladder may not even be full. You find yourself running to the bathroom and then not being able to urinate much at all. Even though Overactive Bladder is often associated with aging, the condition is common and occurs in patients of all ages.
Your symptoms likely include some or all of the following:
- urinary urgency – the need to urinate immediately – without warning
- urinary frequency – urination eight or more times a day
- urge incontinence – the strong, sudden urge to go, followed by leakage or uncontrolled rush of urine
- nocturia – sleep interrupted at night due to urgent need to urinate
If medications and lifestyle changes have not provided adequate relief and your symptoms have become intolerable, NJCPC&U offers several, minimally invasive procedures as treatment:
- Cystoscopy with BOTOX – Botox is injected into areas of the bladder. The botox serves to “relax” the bladder muscles thereby decreasing the urge to urinate. This is an outpatient procedure with results lasting as long as 9 months.
- Interstim – device that allows manipulation of the nerves responsible for bladder sensation and control. This offers a more permanent solution.
To ascertain which procedure could provide the best solution for your Overactive Bladder condition, please schedule a consultation with NJCPC&U.