Medical Minute 3-19: botox for Bladders

By: Melissa Medalie Email
By: Melissa Medalie Email

It's a painful and annoying problem that's plagued 29-year-old Claudia Angel for the past six years.

"If you're going to the restroom a couple times a day you don't really notice it, but when the numbers start adding up to where it's 40, 50, 60 times a day.. The pain you get from it, the physical pain is not fun at all," said Claudia Angel.

She tried medications, pelvic exercises, even an implant, but nothing relieved her overactive bladder.

"I didn't know what to do anymore. I thought 'Oh my God, this is going to be the rest of my life?'" exclaimed Claudia Angel.

Claudia became a test patient for an experimental treatment. Under a local anesthetic, urologist Dr. Angelo Gousse threads a needle through a scope with a camera mounted on it. As it passes through the urethra, the doctor injects botox -- the same treatment for wrinkles -- directly into the bladder.

"What it does is it tends to kind of numb, if you would, not only the muscle but also the nerves that are located within the wall of the urinary bladder, and so for this reason it also helps significantly with the sense of urgency," said Angelo Gousse, M.D., Professor of Urology UM.

Doctors say 75% of patients report significant improvement in symptoms and in their quality of life. Claudia felt the difference after her first treatment.

"Awesome. I was very excited the first day that I noticed it. I called my husband and I said, 'Do you know I haven't gone to the bathroom in like eight hours?'" said Claudia Angel.

Now, for the first time in years, she feels like she's in control.

For more information: Ivanhoe Broadcast News2745 W. Fairbanks Ave.Winter Park, FL 32789http://www.ivanhoe.comMelissa Medalie, Supervising Producer Medical Newsmmedalie@ivanhoe.comDirect Line: (407) 691-1516Viewer Line: (407) 740-0789 ext. 579

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