Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) injections are commonly used for cosmetic purposes, for facial rejuvenation described as a parlaying drug that can make face wrinkles magically disappear within minutes.
But people who suffer from urinary incontinence can see this treatment as a great option and relief for their unpleasant and uncomfortable problem. It is an excellent alternative for those who have tried different options for overactive bladder problems with no success.
if you have already tried different incontinence preventing alternatives or if you have experienced side effects from medications, talk to your doctor (urologist) and clear any questions you may have on the treatment, and schedule an appointment to start with it.
Botox or botulinum toxin is a prescribed medicine (a neurotoxin protein) that can be injected directly into the bladder muscle to paralyze (block) the nerve signals that cause the uncontrolled movements.
The neurotoxin protein (Botox) injection, calms the nerves responsible for sending urinary need signals from the bladder to the brain, relaxing the overactive bladder muscles and helping control and prevent incontinence.
Do not take Botox
b>X if you have a urinary tract infection or
b>X if you are allergic to any botulinum toxin component. (Check the medication’s ingredients and consult your doctor) before any injection.
Who can administer the Botox treatment?
A urologist or urogynecologist.
The treatment can be administered at an outpatient clinic or the doctors’ office.
First, the doctor will use anesthesia (general, regional or local) to numb your bladder.
Local anesthesia is commonly used, but that will depend on what you have agreed or
on what your doctor suggested
Then he will inject the bladder wall muscle in different parts.
The Botox Injection treatment takes less than an hour. And you will be asked to stay for at least 30 minutes after the doctor has finished with the bladder muscle injections, to wait until you empty your bladder. During that time the doctor will also practice some regular checkups like blood pressure and pulse rate, and will also be checking to make sure that there is no uninspected effect or reaction after the injection.
How long will the Botox injection effects last?
Botox effects are temporary, and the treatment of incontinence or overactive bladder (OAB) control will last from six to 12 months.
As you can see, it is a quick non-invasive effective treatment.
Make sure you always follow your urologist’s advice before and after the treatment.