Botox isn’t just for faces. It is well known for its cosmetic benefits (in fact, millions of Botox injections are given each year to diminish wrinkles on the face), but it has also been used on other areas of the body for decades.
Dr. Christi has extensive experience with bladder Botox, and is among the first urologists to use the treatment. She has used Botox to improve her patients’ lives for the last 8 years, even while it was still going through the FDA-approval process.
About 20 years ago, researchers began to apply Botox to the bladder in quadriplegics who had spastic bladders. The treatment was so effective, that they next tried it out for people with OAB and the results were life changing.
Botox relaxes the bladder muscles, to reduce or eliminate the spastic condition that causes OAB. Overactive Bladder can be “wet” or “dry,” and Botox can help both conditions. With dry OAB, you frequently have the “gotta go” feeling and make too many trips to the bathroom. Those who suffer from wet OAB cannot make it to the bathroom in time, and wet their panties.
OAB occurs when the bladder is hyperactive, and the muscles in the bladder wall develop a spastic condition. Often, this occurs in neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis or stroke, but for most women the cause is unknown. It is more common after menopause, so there is likely a hormonal component.
Botox is delivered to the bladder through a scope that is carefully and gently inserted into the urethra tube. The procedure takes less than 5 minutes.
There are 2 options to prepare for this procedure, and you may select the method you are most comfortable with. Some patients take Valium, and then we numb the bladder for 30 minutes to decrease any discomfort. Other women prefer to have a brief general anesthetic while Botox is delivered, and Dr. Christi will have a board-certified anesthesiologist come to her office.
Dr. Christi has refined the technique to make it very easy on her patients. On average, patients rate the pain as 4 out of 10 in severity.
Botox starts to take effect about 10 days after delivery, and patients report a life-changing difference. A more reliable bladder means fewer trips to the bathroom and panties that stay dry.
Women who do not see improvement with medications and exercises are perfect candidates for Bladder Botox. This is often their best and most effective solution.
Bladder Botox is one of the many treatments Dr. Christi has mastered for her patients. Call our office at 281.717.4003 to schedule a consultation and find out which option is best for you.