Botox® is not just for smoothing away facial wrinkles! Did you know that Botox is proven to significantly reduce the number of leakage episodes experienced by patients just like you? Dr. Geary at Urology Specialists of Georgia began performing Botox injections for overactive bladder (OAB) at its inception and has the most experience with Botox injections in the Central Georgia region. Dr. Geary is sought after to train other physicians on the proper procedures for injecting Botox.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox works on the nerves and bladder muscle, blocking the signals that trigger overactive bladder. In your body, certain chemicals travel from nerve cells to muscle cells to make your bladder contract so that you can urinate. With OAB, these muscles contract uncontrollably and you frequently feel like you have to empty your bladder.
BOTOX treatment works by calming the nerves that trigger the overactive bladder muscle, helping to:
- Reduce daily leakage episodes
- Treat the strong need to urinate right away
- Reduce the number of times that you need to empty your bladder daily
Is Botox for OAB Right for Me?
Botox is a prescription medicine injected directly into the bladder muscle, the purpose of which is to relax the bladder and treat overactive bladder symptoms such as:
- A strong need to urinate with leaking or wetting accidents (urge urinary incontinence)
- A strong need to urinate right away (urgency)
- Urinating often (frequency) in adults 18 years and older when another type of medicine (anticholinergic) does not work well enough or cannot be taken
Botox is also used to treat leakage of urine (incontinence) in adults 18 years and older with overactive bladder due to neurologic disease who still have leakage or cannot tolerate the side effects after trying an anticholinergic medication.
Questions for you:
- Are you an adult with a neurologic condition such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, or stroke?
- Do you have urinary incontinence (leakage of urine that is involuntary or not under your control)?
- Have you tried medication for urinary incontinence but still have leakage or cannot tolerate side effects such as dry mouth?
Questions for your doctor:
- What are my treatment options?
- What potential benefits could I experience from treatment with Botox?
- What are the potential side effects of treatment with Botox?
- What is self-catheterization, and what should I know about it?
- How do you perform Botox treatment?
- How soon will Botox start to work?
- When should I come back for an appointment after treatment with Botox?
- When should I schedule my next Botox treatment?
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