When urinary incontinence complicates day-to-day activities or travel, an Ogden Clinic urologist can provide treatment to decrease muscle spasms and frequent urination. Pregnancy, age, weight problems, and certain neurological diseases can lead to weakened bladder muscles that struggle to maintain control over fluid capacity. As a result, people may experience leakage problems when sneezing, or a sudden uncontrollable need to urinate and not make it to the toilet in time. These embarrassing, frustrating issues are often treated with medicines and behavioral changes. However, when these methods don’t work, an Ogden Clinic urologist might recommend Botox treatment for the bladder.
The primary ingredient in a Botox injection is the Botulinum A toxin, which temporarily paralyzes surrounding muscles at the injection site. The toxin (which doesn’t harm people in small amounts) blocks the signal between muscles and nerves, removing the overstimulation of those nerves and allowing a person to regain control of their bladder. Botox is also commonly known as a form of treatment in the cosmetic industry, because these same effects can temporarily remove wrinkles. Patients seeking Botox treatment at Ogden Clinic for urinary incontinence can receive as many treatments as they need, with 12-16 weeks being a suggested minimum time between procedures.
Before receiving Botox for urinary incontinence at Ogden Clinic, patients will take an antibiotic to avoid urinary infection. They should also avoid eating or drinking for at least 5 hours before the procedure.
Botox for the bladder is an in-office procedure that won’t require anesthesia. To inject Botox into bladder muscles, a medical specialist will first insert a catheter and flush the bladder of all fluids. Next, the provider will use the catheter to apply a topical anesthetic and thoroughly numb the bladder’s exterior. Then they will place a scope through the catheter that channels a small needle into the bladder. Usually, several injections are placed across the surface of the bladder to ensure effective results. The procedure typically lasts around 30 minutes and results in minimal discomfort.
It takes about 7-14 days for Botox in the bladder to take effect. However, once the body has adjusted, most patients will discover an independent lifestyle and relief from their urinary incontinence. To learn more about this procedure, reach out to an Ogden Clinic urologist in your area.