Medical Minute: Botox for Your Bladder

More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from an overactive bladder condition. It can result from a neurological cause or it can be a result of other medical conditions.

Just leaving her home is a big accomplishment for Cindy Sinclair. Cindy has interstitial cystitis, a condition that caused constant pain and the need to go to the bathroom every half hour. It was destroying her life.

"I nearly had a nervous breakdown about three years ago, and after going to a psychiatrist and to a therapist, the only thing that they could keep coming back to was that I was just sick, physically sick."

Today, Cindy has her life back with the help of Botox. Urologist Christopher Smith has used Botox on about thirty patients with overactive bladders. He's excited about the results.

“Patients will often go throughout the night without having to get up to urinate or get up once or twice as opposed to eight or nine times," says Dr. Smith.

A tiny scope and needle are inserted into the bladder. Multiple injections are given to paralyze the nerve and keep the muscle from being stimulated.

"Patients will go home the same day, and typically the effects will be seen within five to seven days after treatment."

After about six months, the procedure often has to be repeated. For Cindy, that's a minor inconvenience to have her life back.

"To go on vacation and actually get to go on the activities with your family is just remarkable.”

And even being able to go to the supermarket is a chore she's happy to do.

For more informatin, contact:

John Tyler, Senior Communication Specialist
Baylor College of Medicine
(713) 798-4712
jtyler@bcm.tmc.edu

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