Botox can be used effectively to treat urge incontinence. If your condition has been unresponsive to medication and other therapies, Botox® might be right for you. At Gaia Urology, Susan Pursell, MD, uses Botox injections to help patients experience consistent relief from persistent incontinence. To learn if this can help you, make an appointment with Dr. Pursell. Botox treatments are available at both the Danvers and the Amesbury locations.
Botox is a naturally occurring protein used in a number of medical specialties including ophthalmology, orthopedics, and urology.
As a urology treatment, Botox can be used to effectively treat urinary incontinence- the loss of bladder control. Botox works by blocking nerve signals, which in turn prevents muscles from contracting.
Because Botox blocks nerve signals, it can be used to control an overactive bladder. An overactive bladder is often caused by impaired nerve functions, causing it to contract abnormally. Botox helps block some of the overactive nerves, improving bladder control.
Botox incontinence treatments can be performed in under an hour. Your doctor begins by numbing your bladder with a local anesthetic. Dr. Pursell then uses a cystoscope-a small thin telescope- to enter the bladder. The cystoscope allows Dr. Pursell to make precise injections into the bladder wall.
Before the procedure a urine is checked for signs of an infection. Antibiotics are given before and after the procedure to decrease infection risks.
After your procedure, you’ll need to follow-up with the Gaia Urology team to determine when you will need re-treatment.
It takes about seven days for the Botox injections to take effect. In terms of results, you can expect:
Botox treatments aren’t permanent and must be repeated to maintain results. Botox treatments typically last three to nine months before re-treatment is needed. Most patients only require treatment twice a year.
For cases of persistent urinary incontinence, Botox injections offer a safer, less invasive alternative to traditional surgical solutions. Botox injections are performed in-office and require no downtime. Temporary stinging and discomfort when urinating are normal after the procedure.
Although less invasive than traditional surgery, Botox injections still pose risks. If you experience complications like blood in the urine or inability to empty the bladder, contact the Gaia Urology team as soon as possible.
To learn more about relieving your overactive bladder with Botox injections, book an appointment at Gaia Urology P.C. by phone or online today.