Heal Your Overactive Bladder and Return to an Active Lifestyle

Heal Your Overactive Bladder and Return to an Active Lifestyle

Baptist Medical Group – Urology

With a tennis racket in hand, you serve and play the game until bladder loss occurs causes a quick exit from the court. Or you go to see a funny movie with friends, Laughter ensues, and then you abandon your front row seat to rush to the bathroom.

Does this sound familiar? Incontinence, the uncontrollable loss of urine, is a common issue that is highly treatable. But because of feeling s of embarrassment or the belief that it is an unavoidable part of life, the condition is not addressed medically.

Loss of bladder control is a condition that is routinely overlooked, underdiagnosed and undertreated. Many patients do not share symptoms with their physicians and do not realize that 80 percent of most urinary incontinence cases can be cured or improved.

Three main types of incontinence are overflow, stress and urge. Overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder is unable to empty properly and has a urethral blockage. Stress incontinence happens when there is increased abdominal pressure and the pelvic floor is weak, typically caused by physical activity or sneezing and coughing. Urge incontinence stems from infection and bladder oversensitivity and could be a sign of a neurologic disorder.

You don’t have to sit on the sidelines or leave the show for an overactive bladder (OAB). Try limiting or avoiding irritants like caffeine, spicy foods, tomatoes, citrus juices and fruit, chocolate and artificial sweeteners. Schedule an appointment with a urologist to discuss your specific problem and available medications to avoid involuntary contractions. Your physician may also recommend low to noninvasive options, such as nerve stimulation or Botox injections.

Peripheral tibial nerve stimulation sends electrical waves to the bladder nerves. This process is performed at the ankle and is a 30 minute, weekly treatment that normally lasts 12 weeks. OAB patients see an average of 60 to 80 percent improvement rates from nerve stimulation.

Botox injections can be another useful, low invasive treatment of OAB. This procedure may be recommended for people with neurologic disorders, as well as common OAB. These injections provide relief for 6-10 months.
Sacral nerve stimulation or interstim is a pelvic nerve stimulator implanted in the lower buttock areas. It has success rates of 80 percent and also treats fecal incontinence.

“I recommend individuals schedule an appointment with me if they have any of these symptoms so we can perform a full exam, conduct a urinalysis and create a plan for improved health,” said Dr. Cruit. “I have treated patients with varying degrees of incontinence and have helped them improve their lifestyle and enjoy life to the fullest.”

Be open with your doctor about incontinence or overactive bladder concerns. Baptist Medical Group urologists can share options and help you return to an active, gratifying lifestyle.

To learn more about Baptist Medical Group – Urology or to schedule an appointment visit us at BapitstMedicalGroup.org or call 850.437.8711