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Treatment Options for Overactive Bladder

by Arkansas Urology on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Did you know overactive bladder affects more than 33 million Americans of all ages? While you may feel alone in your journey, you certainly aren’t. When it comes to treatment options, you aren’t alone either. The professionals at Arkansas Urology offer a variety of treatment options, from medication to sacral nerve stimulation with InterStim. Behavior modifications include bladder training, biofeedback therapy, and Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles. We also highly recommend reducing caffeine and alcohol intake if you suffer from OAB, as they irritate the bladder and can worsen symptoms.

Your doctor may prescribe medication in conjunction with behavior modification, or if behavior modification techniques aren’t successful. Anticholinergic drugs—such as Detrol-LA and Ditropan-XL—are commonly prescribed to treat overactive bladder, as they relax and stabilize the bladder muscle and prevent involuntary contractions.

If the above treatments do not improve symptoms, sacral nerve stimulation with InterStim is another great option. During an InterStim procedure, a neurostimulator device is inserted near a nerve that affects bladder function, and sends electrical pulses to the sacral nerve. Stimulation of the sacral nerve can help improve overactive bladder, as this nerve affects bladder control muscles. The implanted device can run for five to 10 years. Our doctors have over 15 years of experience with InterStim, so you know you’re in good hands.
 
Several treatment options are available when it comes to overactive bladder, and we’re here to help you figure out what’s best for you. Poise pads are not the solution forever. Schedule an appointment and we will get you on the road to feeling like yourself again!