HOW DO I TREAT
OVERACTIVE BLADDER?

HOW DO I TREAT OVERACTIVE BLADDER?

Overactive bladder is a highly treatable condition but it does require assistance from a doctorii.

SURGERY

If treatments are not successful in patients, surgery may be recommended following advice from a specialist. Surgery is usually done after patients take a test called urodynamics to prove bladder overactivity.

There are various forms of surgery to treat OAB:

  • Implant of a small device under the skin of the buttock to send a burst of electrical signals to the nerves that control the bladder. The device corrects failing signals, sending them directly to the nerves that control your bladder. This prevents the bladder from being overactive.
  • Injecting botulinum toxin A (Botox) into the inside of the bladder via a small telescope to reduce overactive bladder symptoms.
  • Routing the ureters (the tubes from the kidneys to the bladder) directly to a pouch made from a piece of a small intestine that opens to the outside of your body. The urine is collected into a bag. This procedure will only be considered if all other options have failed to treat OAB.

References

[i] Nbt.nhs.uk. (2021). Retrieved 19 March 2021, from https://www.nbt.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/attachments/Overactive%20bladder%20syndrome_NBT002734.pdf.
[ii] Overactive Bladder: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention. Cleveland Clinic. (2021). Retrieved 19 March 2021, from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14248–overactive-bladder-#:~:text=It%20is%20actually%20very%20common,to%20nerve%20stimulation%20(neuromodulation).
[iii] Overactive Bladder: Pathophysiology, Diagnostics, and Therapies, hindawi.com/journals/au/2011/820816/
[iv] Mirabegron, https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a612038.html
[v] Vij, M., & Drake, M. (2015). Clinical use of the β3adrenoceptor agonist mirabegron in patients with overactive bladder syndrome. Therapeutic Advances In Urology, 7(5), 241-248. https://doi.org/10.1177/1756287215591763

[i] Nbt.nhs.uk. (2021). Retrieved 19 March 2021, from https://www.nbt.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/
attachments/Overactive%20bladder
%20syndrome_NBT002734.pdf.
[ii] Overactive Bladder: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention. Cleveland Clinic. (2021). Retrieved 19 March 2021, from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/
diseases/14248–overactive-bladder-#:~:text=It%20is%20actually%20very%
20common,to%20nerve%20stimulation
%20(neuromodulation).
[iii] Overactive Bladder: Pathophysiology, Diagnostics, and Therapies, hindawi.com/journals/au/2011/820816/
[iv] Mirabegron, https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/
a612038.html
[v] Vij, M., & Drake, M. (2015). Clinical use of the β3adrenoceptor agonist mirabegron in patients with overactive bladder syndrome. Therapeutic Advances In Urology, 7(5), 241-248. https://doi.org/10.1177/1756287215591763