In Botox And Kidney Disease, Today we discuss about “Overactive Bladder: Treatment with Botox.”
An overactive bladder (urinary incontinence) is now one of the ten most common diseases in the world. About 20 million women and 6 million men have faced this problem at least once in their lives. And, perhaps, the number of such people is much greater, because with such a delicate topic, many do not even dare to consult a doctor.
Many methods of treating urinary incontinence have been invented (up to the removal of the bladder). To date, another one has appeared – treatment with “Botox“. It would seem unexpected, because “Botox” is known primarily as a drug that smooths wrinkles. In this article, you will find out what benefits it brings in urology.
An overactive bladder is a person’s inability to control their urination. This situation, one-time or permanently, may arise due to predisposing factors. Here are the main ones:
- Older age – Bladder muscles weaken with age.
- Female gender – women are more likely to experience incontinence due to the anatomical features of the body. Also, after childbirth, the pelvic organs can weaken, which increases the risk of incontinence.
- Prostate or prostate problems.
- Excess weight.
- Stress and neurological diseases.
- Improper (often excessive) physical activity.
- Improper diet (excessive intake of fluids, especially those containing caffeine or alcohol, or, on the contrary, insufficient fluids, spicy foods, acidic foods such as tomatoes, citrus fruits).
- Diseases that increase incontinence (urinary tract infections, kidney disease, diabetes, etc.).
- Taking medications that increase urinary incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is a problem that greatly interferes with normal life and can even lead to depression. First of all, because a person suffering from incontinence must always remember about his illness – constantly check whether the clothes are dry, whether there is an unpleasant smell, always worry about the presence of a toilet in public places. People can feel helpless, isolated. In men, the problem of overactive bladder can be even more stressful than erectile dysfunction.
How Botox works on the bladder
Botulinum therapy for the treatment of overactive bladder has been used since 2011 – today its effect has been tested and proven. Botox blocks nerve impulses entering the muscles and relaxes the muscles themselves. If you treat the entire bladder with it, it will cease to function, but injections are injected only into special zones of the organ, thereby restoring its correct work. In this case, the drug remains only in the zones of its administration, without moving anywhere, it is gradually captured by the nerve endings.
The effect of the injections is noticeable within a week after the first injection of the course. With the help of “Botox” not only urinary incontinence is treated, but also urinary retention. The injections relax the muscles, as a result of which pain symptoms disappear, and urination is restored.
How is the treatment procedure
The drug is injected into 20 points of the bladder using a cystoscope. The procedure takes place under general anesthesia and is completely painless. After the injection, you must wait for the first urination of the patient. If everything went well, without pain and complications, he is allowed to go home.
It is important to note that in most cases the results are noticeable after the first course of injections. Depending on the result, it can be repeated no earlier than after 3 months.
After a course of procedures, the patient’s condition improves markedly: the number of urges to urinate and the number of urinations per day decrease, the number of involuntary urination decreases, and the force of the bladder emptying process decreases.
Contraindications to Botox treatment:
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding;
- Various types of sclerosis;
- Taking drugs that affect nerve endings;
- Hypersensitivity to the drug;
- Inflammatory process at the site of the proposed injection;
- Acute phase of infectious diseases;
- Urinary tract infection at the time of treatment;
- Acute urinary retention at the time of treatment in the absence of standard catheterization;
- Refusal / inability of the patient to undergo bladder catheterization, if necessary, after treatment.
Today “Botox” is a proven drug – not only in cosmetology, but also in medicine. Western patients suffering from overactive bladder have already had the opportunity to try the botulinum therapy technique and made sure that it is not only easily tolerated (since it is minimally invasive and practically does not carry side effects), but also shows real, long-term results.
Appointment to a urologist
Be sure to consult a qualified specialist in the field of urological diseases at the Semeynaya clinic.
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