Specialist offers Botox for bladder problems
Botox injections are no longer just for wrinkles, but can help women overcome bladder issues, according to Dr Angamuthu Arun from the Waikiki Specialist Centre.
Botulinum toxin A, commonly known as Botox injections, are best known for treating wrinkles, but they have recently been approved in Australia for use in overactive bladder treatment
“Overactive bladder is a condition in women where the bladder contracts involuntarily too often or without warning, leading to the constant urge to urinate and/or leakage of urine,” Dr Arun said.
“In order to manage OAB, your doctor may recommend treatments that work by calming the nerves and muscles around your bladder. Not all women benefit from these treatments with some unable to tolerate the side effects of available medications, which can include dry mouth, constipation and lack of concentration and feeling drowsy.”
For women unable to use medications to relieve OAB, Botox injections can be offered as an alternative treatment. Botox, as treatment for OAB, is delivered via injection and works by blocking the muscles and nerves that lead to the feeling of urgently needing to urinate.
Dr Arun said treatment could be highly effective in relieving the frequency and urgency of needing to go to the toilet and reduced urinary incontinence in most women.
“Usually the beneficial effects are seen three to four days after the injection with effects lasting between six and 12 months,” he said.
“Side effects of the injections can include urinary retention, blood in urine or a urinary tract infection, all of which are treatable in the event they occur.”
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Dr Angamuthu Arun