We’ve had hundreds of patients over the years ask our providers what they can do about their overactive bladder issues. Fortunately, we have a simple process that has been proven very effective. Take a look at our four steps of overactive bladder management and how Botox can help:
Step 1: Keep a Voiding Diary & Take Part in Behavioral Therapy
It’s important for your urology specialist to know how your overactive bladder is affecting your daily schedule. He will ask you to write down every time you urinate, what you’re drinking/consuming, and more. After evaluating your diary, he will work closely with you on behavioral modifications to tackle your overactive bladder issues.
Step 2: Prescribe Medications
Many people find relief from behavioral modifications. However, if you’re still suffering from an overactive bladder, it’s possible that your bladder simply needs a prescribed medication to help it regain control. Your specialist will discuss with you a medication plan, prescribe certain medication, and monitor your progress.
Step 3: Schedule a Urodynamics Test
If you have not made significant progress with step one or two, you will need to schedule a urodynamics test. This test simply evaluates the bladder’s behavior during the storage and emptying process. This one-hour test is done in the office and requires no anesthesia. Urodynamics provides your specialist with important information to determine the next step.
Step 4: Find Relief Through Interstim and/or Botox
InterStim and/or Botox are two successful ways to manage your overactive bladder. Through the use of Botox, the number of leakage episodes you experience is significantly reduced. This is due to the role that Botox plays in the bladder. When Botox is injected, it works to block the signals in your body that trigger an overactive bladder.
If you have an overactive bladder, our specialists are here to help. Call us at 478-745-6576 to make an appointment!