Medical MInute 1-18: Overactive Bladder

By: Ramin Khalili Email
By: Ramin Khalili Email

Always worrying about the location of the nearest bathroom is a common conplaint if you've got an overactive bladder. Folks like Linda Krogstad know the frustration.

"I've been doing all kinds of things to help it, but nothing seemed to help," said Linda Krogstad.

Numbers show overactive bladder affects 17% of women over age 18 and 16% of men 18 plus. So, doctors are using what's called neuro-modulation to stop urgency, frequency and retention.

An impant like this delievers electrical pulses to restore communication between the bladder and the brain. New studies show 85% of these patients report less urgency and frequency.

"The idea of it is it's similar to a pacemaker and the thought is that there is a miscommunication between the brain and the bladder," said Karen Noblett, M.D., University of California, Irvine.

Next, percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation, or PTNS. Needles are inserted in the ankle, sending electric pulses to the sacral nerve to relax the bladder. A European student found 79% of recipients claimed to be cured after treatment.

"They stick a little, like, an acupuncture needle in your nerve down by your ankle up your foot that goes to your sacral nerve," said Linda Krogstad.

The process was a breeze for Linda, no pain, no side effects. She's now living life again for the first time.

"I just do a lot more, I'm more active than I was before where I would just stay home and sit around," said Linda Krogstad.

For more information, call: (407) 740-0789 ext. 579

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