Overactive Bladder Treatment

Overactive Bladder Treatment

With an aging population in America, it’s no wonder that incontinence has become a growing problem.  In fact, this problem affects over 33 million men and women in America. In the past, the treatment options were limited, but today Uroplasty offers an exciting solution that is minimally invasive and has been shown to work for about 60 to 80% of all patients.

What is OAB?

Overactive bladder occurs when the bladder muscles begin squeezing urine from the bladder before you are ready to go. These contractions can come on suddenly causing bladder leakage. Currently, treatment options include medications, surgical implantable devices and an office procedure developed by Urolplasty.

Uroplasty Overactive BladderUroplasty has developed a neuromodulation procedure that can be performed in your doctor’s office on an outpatient basis. The procedure is considered safe and effective for thousands of patients suffering with incontinence and overactive bladder. The device is called Urgent ® PC Neuromodulation system for percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) and it has been tested and approved for use by the FDA.

The device is low risk and has minimal side effects. The PTNS treatment is provided at your doctor’s office and treatment takes about 30 minutes. The Urgent PC Neuromodulation System delivers nerve stimulation to the tibial nerve with electrical pulses that travel to the sacral nerve plexus, a control center for bladder function. Uroplasty manufactures other devices for various types of incontinence as well.

Common Causes Of Incontinence

Many people experience incontinence when they sneeze or cough. Though this is embarrassing, it is not uncommon or life-threatening. Any type of heavy lifting or strenuous activity can also cause bladder leakage. Other causes include certain medications and constipation. Though this can be a common occurrence, doctors recommend seeing a specialist when the problem begins to affect your quality of life.

If you’ve had multiple pregnancies, the pelvic muscles can begin to weaken and stop functioning the way they were designed. Though Kegel exercises can help, some women may continue to experience bladder leakages after the birth of a third or fourth child. Some cases of OAB are a result of obesity. Being overweight taxes the organs and muscles of the body, placing undue pressure on them.

In a recent study[1], Australian researchers have found that urinary incontinence has become a growing problem with younger women. The study looked at women between the ages of 16 and 30 years old. They were asked to complete a questionnaire about bladder leakage during sports activities, exercise and other daily routine activities. The study found that about one in eight women reported incontinence during some activities. Unlike other studies of its kind, the researchers did not find a link between weight, age, or past urinary tract infections. Sexually active women reported more problems with urinary incontinence than those who had no history of sexual activity.

Other Things That Can Help

In cases where the incontinence is not severely interrupting your lifestyle, doctors recommend certain types of exercises, such as Kegel exercises, to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic wall.  Right after having a baby, a woman often has some issues with overactive bladder. These usually go away once the woman has rested and healed from the birth of her child.

If you are concerned about incontinence, and have just had a baby, then let your doctor know and she can recommend some good exercises to help you get the pelvic muscles strong and healthy again. Bladder problems can signal various issues, so if your symptoms don’t improve after some rest and exercising, then let your doctor know.

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Overactive Bladder

Dr. Nancy Lobby and the excellent staff at All Women Urology in Wellington, FL help women every day with problems like overactive bladder. Though it can be a hassle and somewhat embarrassing, it’s usually not a severe medical condition. Dr. Lobby can teach you how to correctly perform Kegel exercises and if she believes that it is necessary, there are also medications that can help.

Dr. Lobby is a skilled urologist who deals with many women’s diseases. Her entire staff is comprised mostly of women so that patients can feel very comfortable about speaking openly regarding their concerns and conditions.  All Women Urology offers personalized care and state-of-the-art treatment for a number of illnesses such as urinary tract infection, bladder and kidney cancer.