Botox has been traditionally used by the plastic surgeons to help remove wrinkles from the face because it relaxes muscular tissue. But when used in the bladder, your Columbus gynecologist reports that it can relax the bladder muscle resulting in fewer visits to the bathroom.
Women patients who use the bathroom more than 8 times during the day – and experiencing frequent bathroom trips at night – may benefit from Botox treatment. Women’s Excellence has supervised Botox for bladder control for years and feels that it’s a safe and effective treatment for overactive bladder and urinary incontinence.
The procedure of injecting Botox into a woman’s bladder is simple, quick, and can easily be performed in the office of your Columbus gynecologist. It’s typically performed with the help of a cystoscope (with the patient under local anesthesia), but depending on the patient’s preference, the procedure can also be done in the same-day surgery setting under monitored anesthesia.
During the procedure, no incisions are required. The bladder is examined carefully with the cystoscope and Botox is injected into the bladder wall through a special needle that is passed directly through the scope. According to your Columbus gynecologist, they have the Botox procedure down to a science and would highly recommend having it done in the comfort and convenience of their office setting. Most patients endure the procedure very well, and the maximum benefit is obtained in about 2 weeks, with the treatments lasting 4 to 9 months.
Patients typically notice a decrease in their urinary frequency and urgency about 5 days following the procedure. If leakage occurred before the Botox injection, there should be no leakage afterwards. Your Columbus gynecologist has reported a few reported side effects (such as blood in the urine) after the procedure, but they typically disappear within a few days.
Bladder infection may occur as a result of the procedure, so antibiotics are usually prescribed by your Columbus gynecologist as a precaution following the procedure. Some patients report difficulty emptying the bladder after the procedure and may need to pass a urinary catheter intermittently to achieve complete emptying of the bladder for a few weeks.
The most comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic office in Columbus, owned by Dr. Otto Umana, specializes in:
- Minimally invasive surgical procedures;
- Treatment of female urinary incontinence (and other female urological conditions);
- Minimally invasive vaginal and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) conditions.
If you’re interested in learning more about this procedure, the knowledgeable, well-trained, and compassionate staff at the office of your Columbus gynecologist, Dr. Otto Umana, is ready to take your call to schedule an appointment today.